He who admits, on general grounds, that the structure and habits of all animals have been gradually evolved, will look at the whole subject of Expression in a new and interesting light. (Charles Darwin)
First published in 1872, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals was a book at the very heart of Darwin’s research interests – a central pillar of his ‘human’ series. This book engaged some of the hardest questions in the evolution debate, and it showed the ever-cautious Darwin at his boldest. If Darwin had one goal with Expression, it was to demonstrate the power of his theories for explaining the origin of our most cherished human qualities: morality and intellect.
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What’s special here?
Dozens of Darwin reprints are now in print. What makes the Penguin Classics edition special?
The Penguin Classics edition reprints the rarely examined 1890 “second” edition of Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. This includes additions and alterations made by Charles’ son, Francis Darwin. The Penguin Classics edition includes:
- Introduction by Professor Joe Cain that creates a historical context for this book and provides important bibliographical information.
- Appendix 1 presents original translations of quotations from French sources used by Darwin in the book.
- Appendix 2 presents the full text of the questionnaire Darwin sent around the world in search of comparative information about human expression.
- Appendix 3 provides detailed information about the images specially selected for this edition. Darwin’s own index completes the volume.
Darwin, Charles. The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (Penguin Classics). Edited by Joe Cain and Sharon Messenger. ISBN 978-0141439-44-0.
Expressions of Emotion
Don’t forget the photographs! This edition of Expression contains 24 specially selected images from Darwin’s own research collection – images he compiled while studying expression. These survive in his archives and are rarely seen by non-specialists. These images show the range of sources Darwin consulted. They also show the difficulties in studying expression before the age of high-speed photography and controlled experiment.