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Erasmus Darwin (1731–1802)

Darwin, Erasmus. An English naturalist and poet; born in Elston, Nottingham, Dec. 12, 1731; died at Breads Priory, near Derby, April 18, 1802. His literary works are: ‘The Botanic Garden’ (1781); a descriptive poem, ‘The Temple of Nature, or the Origin of Society’ (1803), a specimen of highly didactic versification; and ‘Zoönomia’ (1794–98), a prose work on organic life. In several points he anticipates the evolutionary views of Lamarck and of his own grandson, Charles Darwin.