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The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin: Including an Autobiographical Chapter

The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin: Including an Autobiographical Chapter

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This book, the second of three-volumes detailing the life of Charles Darwin, published five years after his death, was edited by his son Francis, who was his father's collaborator in experiments in botany and who after his death took on the responsibility of overseeing the publication of his remaining manuscript works and letters. In the preface to the first volume, Francis Darwin explains his editorial principles: 'In choosing letters for publication I have been largely guided by the wish to illustrate my father's personal character. But his life was so essentially one of work, that a history of the man could not be written without following closely the career of the author.' Among the family history, anecdotes and reminiscences of scientific colleagues is a short autobiographical essay which Charles Darwin wrote for his children and grandchildren, rather than for publication. This account of Darwin the man has never been bettered.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108003452
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/20/2009
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Darwin, Evolution and Genetics Series
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Date of Birth:

February 12, 1809

Date of Death:

April 19, 1882

Place of Birth:

Shrewsbury, England

Place of Death:

London, England


B.A. in Theology, Christ¿s College, Cambridge University, 1831

Table of Contents

1. The foundations of the 'Origin of Species' 1837–1844; 2. The growth of the 'Origin of Species' 1843–1856; 3. The unfinished book May 1856–June 1858; 4. The writing of the 'Origin of Species' June 18, 1858–November 1859; 5. Professor Huxley on the reception of the 'Origin of Species'; 6. The publication of the 'Origin of Species' October 3, 1859–December 31, 1859; 7. The 'Origin of Species' 1860; 8. The spread of evolution 1861–1862.

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