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The Autobiography of Charles Darwin by Charles Darwin
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Jun 30, 2011

really liked it
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Read in June, 2011

I'm a bit fascinated by Darwin, though most of the interest in this is that it is what he himself chose to record for his descendants. It doesn't cover the Beagle voyage, as those journals were published elsewhere, so it's a rather general account of his growing up and his life upon return from his voyage. It gives a good sense of the man though, and the appendices are truly brilliant. Not so much the letters surrounding the ridiculously blown-up spat between himself and Samuel Butler, but the various letters from family, the references to articles theorising over what Darwin's strange illness might have been, and in particular the pros and cons of marriage...nothing could show more clearly the kind of man that Darwin was I think, than these lists he drew up and somehow kept.
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