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Selected Letters of Charles Darwin, 1822–1859. Anniversary edition.

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  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521898621

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  • Charles Darwin changed the direction of modern thought by establishing the basis of evolutionary biology. This fascinating selection of letters, offers a glimpse of his daily experiences, scientific observations, personal concerns and friendships. Beginning with a charming set of letters at the age of twelve, through his university years in Edinburgh and Cambridge up to the publication of his most famous work, On the Origin of Species in 1859, these letters chart one of the most exciting periods of Darwin's life, including the voyage of the Beagle and subsequent studies which led him to develop his theory of natural selection. Darwin's vivid writing style enables the reader to see the world through his own eyes, as he matures from grubby schoolboy in Shropshire to one of the most controversial thinkers of modern times. This is a special Anniversary Edition of the best-selling Burkhardt: Charles Darwin's Letters: A Selection, 1825–1859

    • A Foreword by the late Stephen Jay Gould puts the letters into their wider historical, social and scientific context
    • Based on the original publication, Burkhardt: Charles Darwin's Letters: A Selection 1825“1859 (Cambridge University Press) this volume includes recently discovered letters, written by Darwin as a twelve year old schoolboy, that have never been published before
    • Clear explanatory notes construct a narrative to the letters and interesting biographies about each character bring the book to life
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    "This fascinating selection of letters...chart one of the most exciting periods of Darwin's life, including the voyage of the Beagle and subsequent studies which led him to develop his theory of natural selection."
    -Southeastern Naturalist

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    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521898621
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Stephen Jay Gould
    Introduction
    Note on the text
    Acknowledgements
    Symbols and abbreviations
    Prologue
    Shrewsbury
    Edinburgh
    Cambridge
    The offer
    The voyage: South America - East Coast
    The voyage: South American - West Coast
    Homeward Bound
    1837
    1838
    1839–1843
    1844
    1845–1846
    1847
    1848
    1849
    1850
    1851
    1852–1854
    1855.

  • Editor

    Frederick Burkhardt, American Council of Learned Societies
    Frederick Burkhardt (1912–2007) was the founder of the Charles Darwin Correspondence Project, and the associated high profile book series The Correspondence of Charles Darwin (Cambridge University Press, 1985- ). He was President of the American Council of Learned Societies from 1957 to 1974, and in 2003 was awarded the American Philosophical Society Thomas Jefferson Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences.

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