Evolutionary Writings: including the Autobiographies

Paperback | June 1, 2010

byCharles DarwinEditorJames A. Secord

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'Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin'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, includingthe Journal of Researches on the Beagle voyage (1845), the Origin of Species (1871), and the Descent of Man, 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 thananything, 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.

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'Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin'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 impo...

James A. Secord is the author of Controversy in Victorian Geology: The Cambrian-Silurian Dispute (Princeton, 1986), and Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of 'Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation' (Chicago, 2000), winner of the 2002 Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.01 inPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Journal of ResearchesMap of the Beagle voyageJournal of ResearchesReviews and ResponsesOrigin of SpeciesOn the Origin of SpeciesReviews and ResponsesDescent of ManThe Descent of ManReviews and ResponsesAutobiographiesLife (1838)Recollections of the Development of My Mind and Character (1876-81)The Making of a Celebrity

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Review from previous edition: "This fantastic anthology paints an enthralling and complex portrait of Darwin's ideas and his character...Especially enlightening are the snippets of book reviews, editorials and personal letters...which, with James Secord's excellent introduction, put his workinto a rich historical context and illuminate the debates over religion, morality and human nature that still rage." --New Scientist 7 February 2009