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Charles Darwin Autobiography 1887

We maintain a number of pages about the Autobiography of Charles Darwin.
This present page is introductory but links are available shortly to the full text of this autobiography and to another page that considers the auotobiographical statements of Charles Darwin in relation to his own approach to religious belief.

We cannot do better than allow Francis Darwin, a son and an editor of his fathers papers for publication, some introductory paragraphs.

[My father's autobiographical recollections, given in the present chapter, were written for his children,-and written without any thought that they would ever be published. To many this may seem an impossibility; but those who knew my father will understand how it was not only possible, but natural. The autobiography bears the heading, 'Recollections of the Development of my Mind and Character,' and end with the following note:- "Aug.3, 1876. This sketch of my life was begun about May 28th at Hopedene* (*Mr. Hensleigh Wedgwood's house in Surrey.), and since then I have written for nearly an hour on most afternoons." It will easily be understood that, in a narrative of a personal and intimate kind written for his wife and children, passages should occur which must here be omitted; and I have not thought it necessary to indicate where such omissions are made. It has been found necessary to make a few corrections of obvious verbal slips, but the number of such alterations has been kept down to the minimum.-F.D.]

A German Editor having written to me for an account of the development of my mind and character with some sketch of my autobiography, I have thought that the attempt would amuse me, and might possibly interest my children or their children. I know that it would have interested me greatly to have read even so short and dull a sketch of the mind of my grandfather, written by himself, and what he thought and did, and how he worked. I have attempted to write the following account of myself, as if I were a dead man in another world looking back at my own life. Nor have I found this
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difficult, for life is nearly over with me. I have taken no pains about my style of writing...

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