Ross-shire-born polymath Hugh Miller (1802-56) was famous in his lifetime across the English-speaking world. After starting his working life as a stonemason, he became a social commentator and crusader and an inspiring (pre-Darwinian) writer on fossils. Michael A. Taylor’s biography – the first synoptic reassessment to draw upon new research – was first published in 2007. It quotes generous chunks of Miller’s own still immensely readable writings (he was known as ‘the supreme poet of geology’) and covers the full range of Hugh Miller, from stonemason through geologist and editor to private family man, with a surprising conclusion regarding his suicide. This new edition has some minor amendments and a new cover.
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