Darwin’s basic marketing plan, according to Johnson, was to let others promote the book while never appearing to do so himself. He planned to be drafted into immortality. And so he was.
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Two of them slowed his writing down. He feared that his work would be dismissed by the fellow scientists for whom it was written. That would have been a humiliation that he did not believe he could stand.
He also feared what his wife, a deeply religious woman, would think.
The final fear had the opposite effect from the first two. It drove him to finish and finish quickly.