The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

Author(s): Charles Darwin


The 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. * Darwin's lost masterpiece.

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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.' Steve Pinker, author of The Language Instinct 'The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals... is Darwin's most extraordinary and approachable book, rich in observed detail and brilliant speculation, beautifully illustrated. This third edition, prepared and annotated by the great American psychologist of the emotions, Paul Ekman... is a major publishing event.' -- Ian McEwan

Paul Ekman is Professor of Psychology at the University of California at San Francisco. He is editor of Darwin's Facial Expression: A Century of Research in Review (1974) and Approaches to Emotion: A Book of Readings (1984), and is the author of the acclaimed book on lies and liars, Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics and Marriage (Norton, 1993).

General Fields

  • : 9780006387343
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Australia
  • : HAR
  • : 0.537
  • : April 1999
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Charles Darwin
  • : BC
  • : 200th Anniversary ed
  • : English
  • : 512
  • : 60 b/w illus, With index