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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 29 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Magpie Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 Sept. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005OKKK2Y
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin Audio Download – Unabridged
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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...!
Nora Barlow, Darwin's grand-daughter, brought out the first unexpurgated version in 1958, restoring some six thousands words which had been omitted from the original publication and amending trivial errors and alterations that had crept into the earlier versions. In addition she added an Appendix on the controversy with Samuel Butler who favoured earlier versions of evolution than that advocated by Darwin.
The reasons for the original omissions were bound up in divisions within the Darwin family, itself possibly based on the science of Charles and the religion of his wife Emma. Barlow recognised that evolutionary theory had a long history before Darwin's theory of natural selection, indeed, she points out that Darwin spent twenty years observing and experimenting before publishing his work. Barlow, who edited several of Darwin's books, is clearly proud of her grandfather's achievements claiming that although the time was ripe and change in the air, it was Darwin's vision which changed modes of thought.Read more ›
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Text is clumsy with omissions that are not Francis Darwin's, or his father's, I suggest.Published 17 months ago by Gordon Brocklehurst
This is Darwin's well known autobiography as presented by a modern author with plenty of embellishment and taste, making for good reading.Published on 19 Jan. 2014 by Gordon Brocklehurst