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The Autobiography of Charles Darwin Paperback – 28 Jan 2008
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About the Author
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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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 ›
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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Text is clumsy with omissions that are not Francis Darwin's, or his father's, I suggest.Published on 16 Mar. 2015 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
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