The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin (3 Volume Paperback Set): Including an Autobiographical Chapter

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This three-volume life of Charles Darwin, published five years after his death, was edited by his son Francis, who was his father's collaborator in experiments in botany and who after his death took on the responsibility of overseeing the publication of his remaining manuscript works and letters. In the preface to the first volume, Francis Darwin explains his editorial principles: 'In choosing letters for publication I have been largely guided by the wish to illustrate my father's personal character. But his life was so essentially one of work, that a history of the man could not be written without following closely the career of the author.' Among the family history, anecdotes and reminiscences of scientific colleagues is a short autobiographical essay which Charles Darwin wrote for his children and grandchildren, rather than for publication. This account of Darwin the man has never been bettered.

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Volume I: 1. The Darwin family; 2. Autobiography; 3. Reminiscences; 4. Cambridge life 1828–1831; 5. The appointment to the 'Beagle' 1831; 6. The voyage 1831–1836; 7. London and Cambridge 1836–1842; 8. Religion; 9. Life at Down 1842–1854; Volume II: 1. The foundations of the 'Origin of Species' 1837–1844; 2. The growth of the 'Origin of Species' 1843–1856; 3. The unfinished book May 1856–June 1858; 4. The writing of the 'Origin of Species' June 18, 1858–November 1859; 5. Professor Huxley on the reception of the 'Origin of Species'; 6. The publication of the 'Origin of Species' October 3, 1859–December 31, 1859; 7. The 'Origin of Species' 1860; 8. The spread of evolution 1861–1862; Volume III: 1. The spread of evolution 'Variation of Animals and Plants' 1863–1866; 2. The publication of the 'Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication' January 1867–June 1868; 3. Work on 'Man' 1864–1870; 4. The publication of the 'Descent of Man', the 'Expression of the Emotions' 1871–1873; 5. Miscellanea, including second editions of 'Coral Reefs', the 'Descent of Man' and the 'Variation of Animals and Plants' 1874–1875; 6. Miscellaneous letters 1876–1882; 7. Fertilisation on flowers 1839–1880; 8. The 'Effects of Cross- and Self-Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom' 1866–1877; 9. 'Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species' 1860–1878; 10. Climbing and insectivorous plants 1863–1875; 11. The 'Power of Movement in Plants' 1878–1881; 12. Miscellaneous botanical letters 1873–1882; 13. Conclusion; Appendices.

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