Includes bibliographical references (p. -364) and index.
Introduction. Formations -- Part 1. Stories in science. Fictions of a former world ; The story undone ; Lyell's mock epic ; Maps and legends -- Part 2. Science in stories. Kingsley's cataclysmic method ; Eliot's whispering stones ; Dickens and the geological city -- Conclusion. Losing the plot -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix. "Lines on Staffa" / by Charles Lyell.
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