The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals: Definitive Edition

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The first, ever, definitive edition of Darwin’s classic — and brilliantly entertaining and accessible — exploration of human and animal behaviour.

Why do we bite people we feel affection towards? Why do dogs wag their tails? Or cats purr? Why do we get embarrassed, and why does embarrassment make us blush? These, and many other questions about the emotional life of man and animals are answered in this remarkable book.

Expression is the only book in which Darwin sketches out his revolutionary ideas about human behaviour in detail: he discusses childhood learning, insanity, painting and sculpture, animal behaviour and the differences in facial expression of the world’s peoples.

Yet for lay readers this is a fresh, direct and wholly-accessible work .

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‘This is Darwin’s most readable and human book, full of enchanting observations, provocative theories and remarkable photographs. This splendid new edition of Expression will introduce a new generation of readers to Darwin’s masterpiece, undiminished and intensely relevant even 125 years after publication.’
OLIVER SACKS, author of The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat

‘The Expression of the Emotions predates Freud, and it will still be illuminating human psychology long after Freud’s discrediting is complete.’
RICHARD DAWKINS, author of The Selfish Gene

‘The appearance of this new edition of Darwin’s extraordinary book is a major event in the human sciences. Here Darwin reminds us of his astonishing gifts of observation and explanation, offering insights that are delightful and fresh over a century later. Paul Ekman’s reconstruction of this edition is an act of great scholarship. Everyone interested in emotion – and who isn’t? – should be grateful to Ekman for this book.’
STEVEN PINKER, author of The Language Instinct

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'Why do we bite people we feel affection towards?
Why do dogs wag their tails?
Or cats purr?
Why do we get embarrassed, and why does embarrassment make us blush?'

These, and many other questions about the emotional life of man and animals are answered in this remarkable book. 'The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals' was an immediate best-seller when it was first published in 1872 and still provides the point of departure for research into emotion and facial expression. In his study of infants and children (including a delightfully objective study of his own baby's smiles and pouts), of the insane, of painting and sculpture, of cats and dogs and monkeys, and of the ways that people in different cultures express their feelings, Darwin's insights have not been improved upon by modern science.

This definitive edition contains a substantial new Introduction and Afterword by Paul Ekman. Ekman also provides commentaries that use the latest scientific knowledge to elaborate, support and occasionally challenge Darwin's insights. When it was originally published, 'The Expression' was the first scientific book in English to contain photographic reproductions: for this edition, Ekman has returned to Darwin's original notes in order to produce, for the first time, a corrected, authoritative text illustrated by drawings and photographs positioned exactly as its author intended. He also includes new illustrations that Darwin discusses, but which have never appeared in previous editions.

The book reminds us that, in addition to being the nineteenth century's most influential thinker, Darwin was also a writer of consummate skill. Beautifully and profusely illustrated, this new edition promises to delight and enthral a new generation of readers.

"This is Darwin's most readable and human book, full of enchanting observations, provocative theories and remarkable photographs. This splendid new edition will introduce a new generation of readers to Darwin's masterpiece, undiminished and intensely relevant even after 125 years after publication."
OLIVER SACKS

"'Expression' predates Freud, and it will still be illuminating human psychology long after Freud's discrediting is complete."
RICHARD DAWKINS

"The appearance of a new edition of this extraordinary book is a major event in the human science. Here Darwin reminds us of his astonishing gifts of observation and explanation, offering insights that are delightful and fresh over a century later."
STEVEN PINKER

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