Erasmus Darwin

(12 December 1731 - 18 April 1802)
Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802)

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Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802)

Works in ECPA

alphabetical listing / listing in source editions

Source editions

  • Darwin, Erasmus, 1731-1802. The botanic garden: a poem, in two parts. Part I. Containing the economy of vegetation. Part II. The loves of the plants. With philosophical notes. London: printed for J. Johnson, 1791. xii,212,[1],212-214,126,[2]p.,plates ; 4⁰. (ESTC T82160; OTA K067205.000)
  • Darwin, Erasmus, 1731-1802. The golden age, a poetical epistle: from Erasmus D-n, M.D. to Thomas Beddoes, M.D. London: printed for F. and C. Rivington; and J. Cooke, Oxford, 1794. 15,[1]p. ; 4⁰. (ESTC N7154; OTA K004299.000)


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Reference works


  • Connolly, Tristanne. Flowery porn: form and desire in Erasmus Darwin's The Loves of the Plants. Literature Compass 13(10) (2016): 604-616. Print.
  • Elliott, Paul A. Erasmus Darwin's gardens: medicine, agriculture and the Enlightenment sciences. Woodbridge, Suffolk; Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer, 2021. Print.
  • Faubert, Michelle. Erasmus Darwin, Thomas Beddoes, and The Golden Age of the 1790s. European Romantic Review 22(4) (2011): 453-476. Print.
  • Fulford, Tim. Metaphysics in the Beddoes circle: Tom Wedgwood, S. T. Coleridge, Erasmus Darwin, Humphry Davy. Essays in Romanticism 29(1) (2022): 89-113. Print.
  • Hassler, David M. The disease of the learned: Erasmus Darwin and sensibility. Enlightenment Essays (1972): 113-119. Print.
  • Jackson, Noel. Rhyme and reason: Erasmus Darwin's Romanticism. Modern Language Quarterly 70(2) (2009): 171-194. Print.
  • King-Hele, Desmond. Erasmus Darwin and the Romantic poets. London: Macmillan, 1986. Print.
  • Powell, Rosalind. Linnaeus, analogy, and taxonomy: botanical naming and categorization in Erasmus Darwin and Charlotte Smith. Philological Quarterly 95(1) (2016): 101-124. Print.
  • Priestman, Martin. The poetry of Erasmus Darwin: enlightened spaces, Romantic times. Farnham; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013. Print.
  • Robertson, Lisa Ann. 'Kindred forms': Erasmus Darwin's posthuman ethics of relationality. European Romantic Review 32(5/6) (2021): 551-566. Print.
  • Southall, Raymond. Botany into poetry: Erasmus Darwin, Coleridge & Wordsworth. English Language Notes (1995): 20-22. Print.
  • Wu, Ya-Feng. Blake's critique of Erasmus Darwin's Botanic Garden. Wordsworth Circle 50(1) (2019): 55-73. Print.