John Vyvyan

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John Vyvyan was a British writer. Originally trained as an archeologist. Vyvyan became known for his study of Shakespeare and his histories of the animal rights movement. He was the author of three books on Shakespeare, including The Shakespearean Ethic (1959), and two on the origins of anti-vivisection activism, In Pity and in Anger: A Study of the Use of Animals in Science (1969) – which documents the disputes between Frances Power Cobbe and Anna Kingsford, two prominent 19th-century British activists – and The Dark Face of Science (1971).[1]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Shakespearean Ethic. Chatto & Windus, 1959.
  • Shakespeare and the Rose of Love. Chatto & Windus, 1960.
  • In Pity and in Anger: A Study of the Use of Animals in Science. M. Joseph, 1969.
  • Shakespeare and Platonic Beauty. Chatto & Windus, 1970.
  • The Dark Face of Science. M. Joseph, 1971.
  • Sketch for a World Picture: A Study of Evolution. M. Joseph, 1972.


  1. ^ For his research into anti-vivisection, see Finsen, Lawrence and Finsen, Susan. The Animal Rights Movement in America. Twayne Publishers, 1994, p. xiv.

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