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“The worst book about Charles Dar­win ever writ­ten” [Book World, Dec. 31], Jerry A. Coyne’s re­view of “Charles Dar­win: Vic­to­rian Myth­maker,” made a good at­tempt to try to dis­suade peo­ple from buy­ing this ab­surd “bi­og­ra­phy” of Dar­win, but I think it was an enor­mous over­sight that Coyne did not take Harper to task for pub­lish­ing it.

Even ig­nor­ing the prove­nance of Harper (as part of News Corp.), surely this con­glom­er­a­tion of lies, un­sub­stan­ti­ated and mis­used ref­er­ences, and con­fir­ma­tion-bias “re­search” should be cat­e­go­rized for what it is — a coun­ter­fac­tual novel — and not clas­si­fied as a bi­og­ra­phy. Elaine Hom­stad, An­nan­dale

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