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Penguin's 150th Anniversary edition of Darwin's classic

Penguin's 150th Anniversary edition of Darwin's classic

Damien Hirst has come a long way since he presented Charles Saatchi with a maggot-infested cow’s head as a graduate; his painting ‘The Human Skull in Space’ is now fronting Penguin Classics’ 150th Anniversary reprint of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.

In Hirst’s recent interview with The Guardian, Hirst attributed his obsession with natural history and penchant for creative controversy to everyone’s favourite fossil collector.

“I was given a paperback copy of On the Origin of Species many years ago by a friend and I loved it,” Hirst tells The Guardian, “especially the contentious aspects of it. Being brought up a Catholic and questioning the nonsensical creation theory, it was exciting.”

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