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The Autobiography of Charles Darwin [with Biographical Introduction] [Kindle Edition]

Charles Darwin
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The Autobiography of Charles Darwin [with Biographical Introduction]

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Charles Robert Darwin FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 103 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1605896470
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (1 July 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC22HC
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars a small gem of a book 20 July 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The lay-out (small pocket size) is a little gem to have and hold in your hand, it is nice to have it in your jacket available anytime to wander mentally into the exceptional personality of Mr. Darwin and his very 'personal feelings'. The content of the book is above critizism of course !!, i.e. the strikingly emotional and sensitive words of the master-genius himself on his life in good and bad times, with additional descriptions and comments by his son, esp. on life at home with 'dad' !
But be warned, as far as content is concerned, this is an edited version by his son which is not the uncensurized version of Darwin's autobiography...
For that you have to buy the book of Nora Barlow where all 'contested' paragraphs (censured out in Victorian times)are included. However no books or letters on or by Charles Darwin should be overlooked, if presented in such a beautiful handy lay-out...!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight into Darwin 10 Dec. 2009
Format:Paperback
An interesting insight into Darwin - a pity that his son removed the 'family' bits before he published it - it would have made it more interesting but that, I suppose, has been covered by others in biographys.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Father and Senior Son 16 Mar. 2015
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Text is clumsy with omissions that are not Francis Darwin's, or his father's, I suggest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darwin's Autobiography edited and supplemented by his son Francis 23 Aug. 2008
By CK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This reprint of Francis Darwin's edition of the Autobiography is not the full version, but is fascinating nonetheless. Francis omitted some passages in deference to his mother, Darwin's widow Emma, who marked passages that she did not want published. (Interested readers can go to Nora Barlow's 20th century edition of the Autobiography for the full text). Francis Darwin's reminiscences of his father's working habits and "everyday life" (chapter 4) are wonderful. Chapters 5-18 are largely chronologically arranged extracts from Darwin's letters with Francis's commentary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview of Darwin's Life 11 April 2007
By Joy Jean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Darwin's Autobiography serves as a good overview of his life and the major events that happened to him. While the actual autobiography itself is very short and lacks details, its a good starting point for someone wanting to learn more about Darwin. In this edition edited by his son Francis Darwin leaves out some passages about Darwin's family and married life, something one could argue as particularly telling or interesting information; if this bugs you, buy the later edition.

One of the most interesting sections to me was Darwin's description of his boyhood and young adult years. It's comical to hear this scientist describe his obsession with the pastime of shooting things and his mediocre performance in school. A few things signal Darwin's observational powers or scientific inclination, such as his collection of beetles, but for the most part, he seems an ordinary young person.

Also, the book continually references scientists and intellectuals of the time which Darwin comments on. Some of these people were close to Darwin, others he just mentions. Now knowing these people can be somewhat frustrating to the reading, as I can attest to. The book is very much written and directed at his children, who would be familiar with this social context.

Even with these minor faults, Darwin does give insight into his own mind, something I'm sure anyone who's reading a book about Darwin is looking for. The introspection comes at the end of the book. Darwin speaks of his own reasoning capacities and ability to notice things which easily escape the observations of other men.

This book is short and a I recommend it as a good place to start for getting a handle on the major events of Darwin's life and hearing Darwin's own perspective.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fun read 11 April 2007
By firebird12637 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is definitely a really fun read for someone with some leisure time and an interest in Darwin. It's important to not take this book too seriously (perhaps) because Darwin doesn't really take it that seriously himself. The autobiography tells us a lot about Charles Darwin the man and the way that he felt about certain issues but it barely scratches the surface: he has a great sense of humor (like when he talks about his original plans for being in the clergy) and sometimes he talks about his own life seriously (like his regret for not reading more poetry), but when you come down to it, the book is sort of written in a really mechanical manner. He doesn't really share with us any of his deepest desires or secrets (nor do we really expect him to).

Overall this autobiography is pretty fun to read and it's probably a good springboard from which we can then go and read his Origin of Species or Voyage of the Beagle.
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Un-American as Steak & Kidney Pie! 18 Sept. 2010
By S. Seigel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book in Kindle books under
Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Biographies & Memoirs > Historical > United States > autobiography

As much as some would love it and other would hate it, one thing Charles Darwin was not was American--he was British! If I ever read it I'll write more.
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