The Autobiography of Charles Darwin: 1809-1882

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The Autobiography of Charles Darwin: 1809-1882 Author Charles Darwin
ISBN-10 0393310698
ISBN-13 9780393310696
Year 1993-09-17
Pages 224
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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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 lifehis 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and philosophy The editor has provided page and line references to the more important restored passages and previously unpublished notes and letters on family matters and on the controversy between Samuel Butler appear in an appendix

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