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The autobiography of Charles Darwin
Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
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Charles Darwin
Publication Information:
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
xxiv, 365 pages ; illustrations ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: Charles Darwin. New York : D. Appleton and Company, 1893.
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Charles Robert Darwin, born in 1809, was an English naturalist who founded the theory of Darwinism, the belief in evolution as determined by natural selection. Although Darwin studied medicine at Edinburgh University, and then studied at Cambridge University to become a minister, he had been interested in natural history all his life. His grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, was a noted English poet, physician, and botanist who was interested in evolutionary development.

Darwin's works have had an incalculable effect on all aspects of the modern thought. Darwin's most famous and influential work, On the Origin of Species, provoked immediate controversy.

Darwin's other books include Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex.

Charles Darwin died in 1882.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

I. The Darwinsp. 1
II. Autobiographyp. 5
III. Religionp. 59
IV. Reminiscencesp. 70
V. Cambridge Life--The Appointment to the Beagle: 1828-1831p. 110
VI. The Voyage: 1831-1836p. 131
VII. London and Cambridge: 1836-1842p. 148
VIII. Life at Down: 1842-1854p. 159
IX. The Foundations of the Origin of Species: 1831-1844p. 174
X. The Growth of the Origin of Species: 1843-1858p. 183
XI. The Writing of the Origin of Species, June, 1858, to November, 1859p. 196
XII. The Publication of the Origin of Species, October to December, 1859p. 218
XIII. The Origin of Species--Reviews and Criticisms--Adhesions and Attacks: 1860p. 236
XIV. The Spread of Evolution: 1861-1871p. 259
XV. Miscellanea--Revival of Geological Work--The Vivisection Question--Honoursp. 297
XVI. The Fertilisation of Flowersp. 315
XVII. Climbing Plants--Power of Movement in Plants--Insectivorous Plants--Kew Index of Plant Namesp. 333
XVIII. Conclusionp. 345
I. The Funeral in Westminster Abbeyp. 349
II. Portraitsp. 351
Indexp. 353