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My Life

My Life
A Record of Events and Opinions

Volume 1


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Darwin, Evolution and Genetics

  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108029582


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About the Authors
  • Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer and biologist, best remembered as the co-discoverer, with Darwin, of natural selection. His extensive fieldwork and advocacy of the theory of evolution led to him being considered one of the nineteenth century's foremost biologists. He was later moved by a variety of personal experiences to examine the concept of spirituality, but his exploration into the potential for compatibility between spiritualism and natural selection alienated him from the scientific community. He was also a social activist, highly critical of unjust social and economic systems in nineteenth-century Britain, and one of the first prominent scientists to express concern over the environmental impact of human activity. This autobiography was first published in 1905. Volume 1 covers his childhood, his early social activism, and his expeditions to the Amazon and the Malay archipelago, which established his reputation.

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    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108029582
    • length: 504 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. My relatives and ancestors
    2. Usk: my earliest memories
    3. Hertford: the home of my boyhood
    4. Hertford: my school life
    5. Hertford: my home life
    6. London workers, secularists and Owenites
    7. Bedfordshire: surveying
    8. Bedfordshire: Turvey
    9. Bedfordshire: Silsoe and Leighton Buzzard
    10. Kington and Radnorshire
    11. Brecknockshire
    12. Shropshire and Jack Mytton
    13. Glamorganshire: Neath
    14. First literary efforts
    15. Remarks on my character at twenty-one
    16. London and Leicester
    17. Residence at Neath
    18. The journey to the Amazon
    19. 'In memoriam'
    20. In London, and voyage to Singapore
    21. The Malay archipelago – Singapore, Malacca, Borneo
    22. Celebres, the Moluccas, New Guinea, Timor, Java, and Sumatra
    23. Life in London, 1862–1871 – scientific and literary work
    24. Home life – my friends and acquaintances – Sir Charles Lyell.

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    Alfred Russel Wallace

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