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AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES DARWIN (1887)

by Charles Darwin

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The Autobiography of Charles Darwin: 1809-1882 by Charles Darwin (1887)

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A bit dry, but I still found it interesting as it pertains to his thought processes and reasoning. As a bonus, his down-to-earth and unassuming demeanor was very endearing. ( )
  AliceAnna | Feb 11, 2019 |
A good quick read, though it focuses heavily on his works on only lightly on family and internal thoughts. If you wish to know more about Darwin the man then I'd suggest his letters and correspondence. Or The Voyage of the Beagle. ( )
  Booktacular | Aug 16, 2014 |
Revealed short periods of his lift but gives good insight into Darwin's thinking. ( )
  jamesfallen | Feb 7, 2014 |
Revealed short periods of his lift but gives good insight into Darwin's thinking. ( )
  jamesfallen | Feb 7, 2014 |
Revealed short periods of his lift but gives good insight into Darwin's thinking. ( )
  jamesfallen | Feb 7, 2014 |
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Darwin, Charlesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barlow, NoraEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cohen, AarónTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Darwin, FrancisEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Neve, MichaelEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Regal, BrianIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"If I lived twenty more years and was able to work, how I should have to modify the 'Origin,' and how much the views on all points will have to be modified! Well it is a beginning, and that is something..." Charles Darwin to J.D. Hooker, 1869
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A German editor having written to me to ask for an account of the development of my mind and character with some sketch of my autobiography, I have thought that the attempt would amuse me, and might possibly interest my children or their children.
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What a good thing it would be if every scientific man was to die when sixty years old, as afterwards he would be sure to oppose all new doctrines.
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The only complete edition.

Charles Darwin's Autobiography was first published in 1887, five years after his death. It was a bowdlerized edition: Darwin's family, attempting to protect his posthumous reputation, had deleted all the passages they considered too personal or controversial. The present complete edition did not appear until 1959, one hundred years after the publication of The Origin of Species. Upon its appearance, Loren Eiseley wrote:

"No man can pretend to know Darwin who does not know his autobiography. Here, for the first time since his death, it is presented complete and unexpurgated, as it exists in the family archives. It will prove invaluable to biographers and cast new light on the personality of one of the world's greatest scientists. Nora Barlow, Darwin's granddaughter, has proved herself a superb editor. Her own annotations make fascinating reading."

The daring and restless mind, the integrity and simplicity of Darwin's character are revealed in this direct and personal account of his life—his family, his education, his explorations of the natural world, his religion and philosophy. The editor has provided page and line references to the more important restored passages, and previously unpublished notes and letters on family matters and on the controversy between Samuel Butler appear in an appendix.

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"Charles Darwin was born into an upper-middle-class medical family in 1809. He was destined for a career in either medicine or the Anglican Church. However, he did not complete his Edinburgh medical education and after leaving Christ's College, Cambridge, in 1831, his future was entirely changed when he joined HMS Beagle as a self-financing, independent naturalist. On returning to England in 1836 he began to write up his theories and observations which culminated in a series of books, most famously On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection of 1859. He married his cousin Emma Wedgwood in 1839. In 1842 they moved to Down House in the north Kent countryside where Darwin lived for the rest of his life. During this time he was socially reclusive and continually ill. He died in 1882 and was buried in Westminster Abbey."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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