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The Expression of Emotion in Man and AnimalsThe Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals
by Charles Darwin, Paul Ekman (Editor)


Nature and Ecology Editor's Recommended Book, 04/01/98
"Even cows, when they frisk about from pleasure, throw up their tails in a ridiculous fashion." So writes Charles Darwin in his magnum opus on how humans and animals display such emotions as fear, anger, disdain, and pleasure; it is work that has in most respects been sustained by later scientific research. First published in 1872, Darwin's greatest work was never issued in quite the shape its author intended: bits and pieces were left out of subsequent printings, most of them released after Darwin's death, and later editors made additions to suit the intellectual fashion of their times. This definitive edition, heavily annotated, brings us the book that Darwin would have wanted, and it is essential to any naturalist's library.

Scientific American, Mark Ridley
Ekman's edition is no mere reprint plus introduction. The text itself is not a reprint, because Ekman has collated the previous editions and Darwin's manuscripts and corrected some errors. He has also added a particularly good afterword, in which he describes the 20th-century debate about whether emotional expressions are a human universal.... The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals is one of Darwin's most readable works. It is alive with anecdotes, literary quotations and his own observations of his friends and children. Artificial-intelligence nerds, neuropsychiatric white-coats and magazine psychobabblers all have some way to go in understanding the emotions, and there will be no better inspiration for them (and the rest of us) than the ideas of one of the master intellects of all time, in this smart new edition.

New Scientist, Laurence Hurst
You might reasonably ask why anyone should read this book, apart from its obvious interest as an historical classic. Ekman's essay on universality is a good reason, as is Phillip Prodger's very closely researched discussion of the book's photographs.... The editor also provides very helpful commentaries in the text on the current status of Darwin's ideas. Ekman's scholarship extends to updating and correcting the text to be as near to what Darwin intended as possible. Much to the editor's credit, the book is both scholarly and lively.

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