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Charles Darwin

A fresh account of Charles Darwin’s rich personal and professional lives, well beyond On the Origin of Species.
 
In 1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. With this bedrock of biology books, Darwin carved a new origin-story for all life: evolution rather than creation. But this single book is not the whole story. In this new biography, J. David Archibald describes and analyzes Darwin’s prodigious body of work and complex relationships with colleagues, as well as his equally productive home life—he lived with his wife and seven surviving children in the bustling environs of Down House, south of London. There, among his family and friends, Darwin continued to experiment and write many more books on orchids, sex, emotions, and earthworms until his death in 1882, when he was honored with burial at Westminster Abbey. This is a fresh, up-to-date account of the life and work of a most remarkable man.

240 pages | 57 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4

Critical Lives

Biography and Letters


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"A readable overview on the life of Charles Darwin."

Birdbooker Report

“Don’t let the slender stature of this book fool you. This is a powerful and authoritative guide to the complex and often misrepresented life and work of Charles Darwin. Archibald has mastered the sources and takes his readers on an extraordinary journey.”

John van Wyhe, director of "Darwin Online"

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