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Charles Darwin: His Life in an Autobiographical Chapter, and in a Selected Series of His Published Letters

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Author: Charles Darwin
Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 148,619 / 442 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.3
LoC Category: QH
Downloads: 2,137
Added to site: 2012.01.24
mnybks.net#: 31239
Genre: Biography

Practically an abbreviation of The life and letters (1887)

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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 difficult, for life is nearly over with me. I have taken no pains about my style of writing.

I was born at Shrewsbury on February 12th, 1809, and my earliest recollection goes back only to when I was a few months over four years old, when we went to near Abergele for sea-bathing, and I recollect some events and places there with some little distinctness.

My mother died in July 1817, when I was a little over eight years old, and it is odd that I can remember hardly anything about her except her deathbed, her black velvet gown, and her curiously constructed work

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