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Eugène Marais was born in a farming community near Pretoria in 1872. Journalism was his first career, but he later studied law in London, and by 1910 was in Johannesburg trying to establish himself as an advocate. Increasing depression drove him to retreat to Waterberg, a mountain fastness in northern Transvaal. Settling near a large group of chacma baboons, he became the first man to conduct a prolonged study of primates in the wild. It was this period that produced My Friends the Baboons and provided the major inspiration for The Soul of the Ape. He returned to Pretoria to practise law, to resume his career as a journalist, to continue his animal studies and to write poetry in Afrikaans. In 1926, the year after he had published a definitive article on his original research and conclusions about the white ant, a world-famous European author took half Marais's life-work and published it as his own. This plagiarizing may well have been a major factor in Marais's final collapse. Plagued for many years by ill-health and an addiction to morphine, he took his own life in March 1936.
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Book Description Jonathan Ball Publishers, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Very Good. Minor read/shelf wear. Seller Inventory # 1206240012
Book Description (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 1990) 0947464263, 1990. 4to; original pale grey boards, lettered in white on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (vi) + 240; colour plates; some portrait photographs and line drawings in text. Dustwrapper ever so slightly rubbed, with trace of light foxing to reverse; gift inscription to front free endpaper. Very good condition. "Eugène Marais's international acclaim is based largely on The Soul Of The Ape and The Soul Of The White Ant, his two pioneering studies of natural history. Here for the first time, these important works appear side by side in a single volume, splendidly illustrated with line drawings by Dick Findlay and numerous colour photographs. The introduction, 'Eugène Marais and the Darwin Syndrome', is by Leon Rousseau, author of The Dark Stream, the prize winning life story of Marais. For 'Eugène Marais and the Darwin Syndrome' Rousseau has made use of a mass of material in the possession of Marais's son, some of which only came to light after the latter's death, a number of years after The Dark Stream was published.". Seller Inventory # 9756
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