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Darwin, His Daughter, and Human Evolution

by Randal Keynes

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Wonderfully detailed history of Charles Darwin's family life through the lens of the tragic death of his much loved daughter.
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  mbmackay | Nov 26, 2015 |
The Darwin industry produces biographies regularly, but this one has a rare combination of emotional power and historical authority. Annie's death seems to have reinforced Darwin's doubts about religious consolation. As the author of a theory that relieved God of any responsibility for creating new species, Darwin found it hard to believe that he intervened in human life. And as a grieving parent, he found it impossible to see this death as part of any divine plan. It might have an explanation, even a cause, but no reason. Keynes's Darwin, in other words, is a thinker facing up to the realities of the secular world most of us now live in.
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This biography of Darwin presents his personal life, and in particular how his daughter Annie's death affected his life and work.
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A glimpse into the life of the man who changed the world's way of comprehending the origins of human nature tells the story of Darwin's home life, his inner turmoil, and his relationships with his wife and daughter.

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