Autobiographies

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Penguin, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 97 pages
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The Autobiographies of Charles Darwin (1809-82) provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind of one of the world s intellectual giants. They begin with engaging memories of his childhood and youth and of his burgeoning scientific curiosity and love of the natural world, which led to him joining the expedition on the Beagle. Darwin follows this with survey of his career and ends with a reckoning of his life s work. Interspersed with these recollections are fascinating portraits - from his devoted wife Emma and his talented father, both bullying and kind, to the leading figures of the Victorian scientific world he counted among his friends, including Lyell and Huxley. Honest and illuminating, these memoirs reveal a man who was isolated by his controversial beliefs and whose towering achievements were attained by a life-long passion for the discoveries of science.
  

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An autobiographical fragment
1
1876 May 31 Recollections of the Development of my Mind and Character
6
Cambridge 18281831
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from Dec 27 1831 to Oct 2 1836
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From my return to England Oct 2 1836 to my marriage Jan 29 1839
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Religious Belief
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From my marriage Jan 29 1839 and residence in Upper Gower St to our leaving London and settling at Down Sep 14 1842
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Residence at Down from Sep 14 1842 to the present time 1876
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My Several Publications
70
BIOGRAPHICAL REGISTER
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Charles Darwin (1809-82) was an evolutionary scientist, best-known for his controversial and ground-breaking 'Origin of Species' (1859).

Michael Neve is based at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London. He teaches and researches the history of psychiatry and the history of the life sciences. With Janet Browne, he co-edited Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle for Penguin Classics. Sharon Messenger is a research officer at the Wellcome Trust Centre.