The origin: a biographical novel of Charles Darwin

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Doubleday, 1980 - Biography & Autobiography - 743 pages
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From his 1831 voyage aboard the H.M.S. Beagle to his death in 1882, Charles Darwin experiences grueling sea passages, conducts demanding scientific research, and encounters opposition to his theory of evolution

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Not a beautifully written novel (at all), but very well-researched and oddly compelling. It helped fill in the gaps in my research on Darwin, and brought him to life in a way that the straight ... Read full review

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This is one of the most unforgettable books I have ever read. Ever. Irving Stone wrote about the life of Charles Darwin, introducing the reader, to not just the scientist behind the evolutionary theory, but the genius of a man during a time of controversy and conflict. Read full review


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Seven paradise regained
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Irving Stone was born Irvin Tenenbaum on July 14, 1903, in San Francisco, California. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from U. C. Berkeley in 1923 and a Master's Degree in 1924 from the University of Southern California. Stone first came to prominence with the publication of Lust for Life, a vivid fictionalized biography of the painter Vincent Van Gogh. He is known for his historically accurate fictionalized biographies. Stone won a Western Spur Award for Men to Match My Mountains and was a member of the Western Writers of America in 1959. Irving Stone August 26, 1989 at the age of 86.

Riveting...Stone's graceful prose, vivid imagery and compassionately drawn characters make this one a standout."
--Publishers Weekly

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