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The Autobiography of Charles Darwin Paperback – 28 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: FQ Classics (28 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159986570X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599865706
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By Neutral VINE VOICE on 14 April 2009
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Charles Darwin wrote the main narrative of his autobiography between May and August 1876 and enlarged it during the final six years of his life with fresh memories that occurred to him. It appeared in book form in 1887, five years after his death, edited by his son Francis and went through two reprints, the first in 1929 with a statement by Francis Darwin of his father's religious views. A second reprint appeared in 1950 edited with an introductory essay by G G Simpson.

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.
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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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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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This is the ultimate (uncensored) text of his autobiography that every Darwin admirer should have in his possession. Nora Barlow (also family of Charles Darwin) finally allows the full text with annotations to be known by the public after the first publication of the autobiography by Darwin's son (on the request of Darwin's wife) left out parts too 'sensitive' for the 'Victorian mindset' (very intimate opinions/feelings and amazing reflections on religion given the time he lived in !). Although we can not blame the wife and son for this censureship, it made their first publication left wanting. This book is the final call, it is the real insight into the personal experience of his life of one the greatest brains of mankind.
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