Autobiographies

Autobiographies

Darwin, Charles

Editorial Penguin UK
Fecha de edición julio 2002

Idioma inglés

EAN 9780140433906
128 páginas
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'I have attempted to write the following account of myself, as if I were a dead man in another world looking back on my own life...

Self-taught and ambitious, Darwin genuinely believed he was 'below the common standard in intellect and had gained little from formal education. Yet he also knew he had seized his one great stroke of luck - the voyage of the Beagle - and forged a lasting body of knowledge through solitary determination and sheer hard work. His memoir concentrates on his public career and towering scientific achievements, but is also full of lively anecdotes about his family and contemporaries. Among these, he paints a vivid portrait of his bullying father, and pays a loving tribute to his devoted wife Emma, who was so distressed by their religious differences. The figure that emerges from these pages is one who stands isolated, dogged by illness and confined to solitude by his ailing body, with a mind that rejected the arts and the 'damnable doctrine of Christianity.

This volume also includes a fascinating fragment about Darwins earliest memories, which he jotted down while pondering the impact of evolution on human psychology.

Acknowledgments
Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
Note on the Texts


An autobiographical fragment
1876 May 31 - Recollections of the Development of my Mind and Character
Cambridge, 1828-1831
Voyage of the Beagle: from Dec. 27, 1831 to Oct. 2, 1836
From my return to England Oct. 2 1836 to my marriage Jan. 29 1839
Religious Belief
From my marriage, Jan. 29 1839, and residence in Upper Gower St. to our leaving London and settling at Down, Sep. 14 1842
Residence at Down from Sep. 14 1842 to the present time 1876
My Several Publications


Bibliographical Register


Biografía del autor

El naturalista inglés Charles Darwin estudió medicina en la Universidad de Edimburgo y biología en la Universidad de Cambridge. De 1831 a 1836 realizó un viaje por América del Sur y las islas del Pacífico a bordo del Beagle. Sus descubrimientos zoológicos y  geológicos a partir de esta exploración constituyeron la base de sus teorías de la evolución. Además de El origen de las especies (1859), escribió otras muchas obras de gran relevancia, como Variación de las plantas y los animales en estado doméstico (1868) y El origen del hombre y de la selección en relación al sexo (1871).




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