Autobiographies

Autobiographies


Editor: Michael Neve
Editor: Sharon Messenger

Format
Paperback
Price
$13.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140433906
  • 128 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

Self-taught and ambitious, Charles Darwin is most famous for his groundbreaking-and to some still controversial-theory of evolution and natural selection. In Autobiographies the great scientist weighs his career and his life.

Darwin’s memoir concentrates on his public career and towering scientific achievements but is also full of moments from his private life. There are lively anecdotes about his family and contemporaries, as well as haunting memories of a mother he never knew, a hot-tempered father he could never please, and lingering doubts about the fitness of the genes he was passing on to his heirs.

Autobiographies comprises a fragment Darwin wrote at the age of twenty-nine and the longer “Recollections” of 1876, showing a man toward the end of his life who stands isolated, dogged by illness and self-doubt.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
Note on the Texts

An autobiographical fragment
1876 May 31 – Recollections of the Development of my Mind and Character
Cambridge, 1828-1831
Voyage of the Beagle: from Dec. 27, 1831 to Oct. 2, 1836
From my return to England Oct. 2 1836 to my marriage Jan. 29 1839
Religious Belief
From my marriage, Jan. 29 1839, and residence in Upper Gower St. to our leaving London and settling at Down, Sep. 14 1842
Residence at Down from Sep. 14 1842 to the present time 1876
My Several Publications

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