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Autobiographies by Charles Darwin
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Charles Darwin's "Autobiography" is a classic written by a genius about a genius. The author and his subject do not always agree, for hindsight and the passage of time have their effect on what an old man thinks of his younger self. His friend Thomas Henry Huxley writes about the lean years before he received recognition and fame. His early diary, "Thoughts and Doings", which contains an account of his self-education, is published for the first time.

Author Biography

Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury in 1809 and was educated at Shrewsbury School, Edinburgh University and Christ's College Cambridge. He took his degree in 1831 and in the same year embarked on a five-year voyage on HMS Beagle as a companion to the captain; the purpose of the voyage was to chart the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, and to carry a chain of chronometric readings round the world. While he was away some of his letters on scientific matters were privately published, and on his return he at once took his place among the leading men of science. In 1839 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. Most of the rest of his life was occupied in publishing the findings of the voyage and in documenting his theory of the transmutation of species. On the origin of species by means of natural selection appeared in 1859. Darwin spent many years with his wife - his cousin Emma Wedgwood, whom he had married in 1839 - and their children at Down House in Kent. He died in 1882, and was buried in Westminster Abbey.
Release date NZ
July 25th, 2002
Contributors
Edited by Michael Neve Volume editor Sharon Messenger
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
128
Dimensions
129x198x7
ISBN-13
9780140433906
Product ID
1743438

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