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The Christian B. Anfinsen Papers

Title:
Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen to New Yorker Magazine pdf (38,430 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen to New Yorker Magazine
Description:
Anfinsen submitted this poem, ostensibly on human evolution, to the New Yorker Magazine.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (38,430 Bytes)
Date:
1966-10-15 (October 15, 1966)
Creator:
Anfinsen, Christian B.
Recipient:
New Yorker Magazine
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Libby Anfinsen.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Biological Evolution
Wit and Humor as Topic
Exhibit Category:
Biographical Information
Box Number: 9
Folder Number: 16
Unique Identifier:
KKBBFM
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Poems
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Poor
Series: Correspondence, 1965-1999
SubSeries: Chronological Files, 1965-1999
Folder: 1965-1969
Transcript:
October 15, 1966
Dear Sirs,
Since, as a biochemist, I have had a long standing interest in evolution, the following verse emerged the other evening as my own kind of deep sigh about the crazy state in which humanity seems to find itself these days. It is so sad that it is fairly funny and I thought it might make a suitable little piece for your humour magazine.
Here We Go
Not lost entirely - but nearly so -
The human beast submerges fear
And disregards the stark, cold fact of slow defeat.
His cranial growth,
Outdistanced by the death of instinct and of love,
Makes him an easy prey
To the patient, peasant wisdom
Of evolution.
Sincerely yours,
Christian B. Anfinsen
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