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Charles Darwin

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CHARLES ROBERT DARWIN was born in 1809 in Shrewsbury, England, to a wealthy intellectual family, his grandfather being the famous physician Erasmus Darwin. At Cambridge University he formed a friendship with J. S. Henslow, a professor of botany, and that association, along with his enthusiasm for collecting beetles, led to “a burning zeal,” as he wrote in his Autobiography, for the natural sciences. When Henslow obtained for him the post of naturalist on H.M.S. Beagle, the course of his life was fixed. The five-year-long voyage to the Southern Hemisphere between 1831 and 1836 would lay the foundation for his ideas about evolution and natural selection. Upon his return Darwin lived in London before retiring to his residence at Down, a secluded village in Kent. For the next forty years he conducted his research there and wrote the works that would change human understanding forever. Knowing of the resistance from the orthodox scientific and religious communities, Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859 only when another naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, independently reached the same conclusions. His other works include The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871) and Recollections of My Mind and Character, also titled Autobiography (1887). Charles Darwin’s Diary of the Voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle was published posthumously in 1933. Darwin died in 1882; he is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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The Origin of Species
By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
Written by Charles Darwin


Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 1, 1999
Price: $6.95

Darwin's classic and highly influential work about evolutionary processes and their role in shaping the origin of all species. Read more >

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The Origin of Species

Written by Charles Darwin
Foreword by Edward J. Larson


Format: Hardcover, 720 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 31, 1993
Price: $23.00

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The Origin of Species

Written by Charles Darwin


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: October 28, 2008
Price: $5.99

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The Origin of Species
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Charles Darwin
Foreword by Edward J. Larson


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $2.99

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The Origin of Species

Written by Charles Darwin
Foreword by Edward J. Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 11, 1998
Price: $12.00

Perhaps the most readable of the great works of scientific imagination, The Origin of Species set forth a theory of evolution and natural selection that challenged contemporary beliefs about divine providence and the immutability of species.

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The Origin of Species and The Voyage of the 'Beagle'
Introduction by Richard Dawkins
Written by Charles Darwin
Introduction by Richard Dawkins


Format: eBook, 1024 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: August 15, 2012
Price: $13.99

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The Origin of Species and The Voyage of the 'Beagle'
Introduction by Richard Dawkins
Written by Charles Darwin
Introduction by Richard Dawkins


Format: Hardcover, 1024 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $32.00

Easily the most influential book published in the nineteenth century, Darwin’s The Origin of Species is also that most unusual phenomenon, an altogether readable discussion of a scientific subject. On its appearance in 1859 it was immediately recognized by enthusiasts and detractors alike as a work of the greatest importance: the... Read more >
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The Voyage of the Beagle
Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World
Written by Charles Darwin
Introduction by Steve Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $12.95

The Voyage of the Beagle chronicles Charles Darwin's five-year journey around the world and especially the coastal waters of South America as a naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle. While traveling through these unexplored countries collecting specimens, Darwin began to formulate the theories of evolution and natural selection realized in his master... Read more >
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The Voyage of the Beagle
Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World
Written by Charles Darwin
Introduction by Steve Jones


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 3, 2010
Price: $2.99

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