Evolutionary Writings: Including the Autobiographies

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Overview

"On topics ranging from intelligent design and climate change to the politics of gender and race, the evolutionary writings of Charles Darwin occupy a pivotal position in contemporary public debate. This volume brings together the key chapters of his most important and accessible books, including the Journal of Researches on the Beagle voyage (1845), the Origin of Species (1859), and the Descent of Man (1871), along with the full text of his delightful autobiography. They are accompanied by generous selections of responses from Darwin's nineteenth-century readers from across the world. More than anything, they give a keen sense of the controversial nature of Darwin's ideas, and his position within Victorian debates about man's place in nature." The wide-ranging Introduction by James A. Secord, Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project, explores the global impact and origins of Darwin's work and the reasons for its unparalleled significance today. To increase its usefulness for readers coming to Darwin for the first time, the selection also includes a map of the Beagle voyage, a detailed chronology of Darwin's life, and a biographical appendix identifying every individual mentioned in the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199208630
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/2/2009
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Darwin

James A. Secord is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin Project.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      February 12, 1809
    2. Place of Birth:
      Shrewsbury, England
    1. Date of Death:
      April 19, 1882
    2. Place of Death:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Theology, Christ’s College, Cambridge University, 1831

Table of Contents

Note on the Texts

A Chronology of Charles Darwin

Journal of Researches 1

Map of the Beagle voyage, 1831-1836 2

Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology ofthe Countries Visited during the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World (1845) 3

Reviews and Responses 96

Origin of Species 105

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859) 107

Reviews and Responses 212

Descent of Man 231

The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871) 233

Reviews and Responses 334

Autobiographies 349

Life ( 1838) 351

Recollections of the Development of My Mind and Character (1876-1881) 355

The Making of a Celebrity 426

Explanatory Notes 437

Biographical Index 455

General Index

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