Trumpery, Peter Parnell


Title: Trumpery

Author: Peter Parnell

Typology: Drama

Language: English

Year: 2009

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 978-0-8222-2297-2

Synopsis: It is 1858. Charles Darwin struggles to finish On the Origin of Species and give the world his theory of natural selection, while coping with family illness and his own impending loss of faith. Meanwhile, halfway around the world, Alfred Russel Wallace, a brilliant but virtually unknown explorer and Utopian socialist, has come up with the exact same theory. The one person he sends his abstract to is Charles Darwin. Can Darwin claim priority? And what will happen if he doesn’t finish his own book in time? Vibrantly comic and deeply moving, Trumpery examines what it means to live in a Darwinian universe from the points of viem of the men who discovered the idea.