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Deborah Heiligman

Dear Librarian:

Writing CHARLES AND EMMA was a labor of love. First, the labor: I used almost entirely primary sources, pouring over scores of letters, journal entries, and diary scribbles, to find the story of their marriage. I loved every minute of it. And in the process, I fell in love with the Darwins themselves. What a great love they shared, great enough to overcome their huge difference in religious belief. I have been thrilled that librarians all over the country have loved the book, too. It got five starred reviews! Thank you for putting it into the hands of so many readers—from ages 11 to 87. I hope you will continue to do so, especially since the 150th anniversary of Darwin's THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES is this November. I believe Charles wrote the book with Emma in mind, which makes it the brilliant and polite argument that it is.

Please visit my web site to find out more about my research, and more about me: and find me on Twitter: @Dheiligman

Deborah Heiligman

Charles and Emma / Deborah Heiligman / Henry Holt and Co.

Price: $18.95 / ISBN: 978-0805087215 / Published: December, 2008

Ages 12 and up / Hardcover; 272 Pages / Nonfiction

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