CHARLES DARWIN by J. Edward Evans

CHARLES DARWIN

Revolutionary Biologist
Age Range: 10 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Darwin was an amateur who never received a thorough grounding in biology and never learned how to draw properly; for his last 40 years, he was an invalid. Since he was held to be ``tortoise-like in both thought and action,'' the publication of The Origin of Species caught even his friends by surprise. But despite his apparent shortcomings, the ideas he stated in 1859 remain the cornerstone of serious inquiry into life on earth. Evans's biography catches his subject's essential sweetness and fecklessness as well as his passion for inquiry. A good selection of b&w reproductions of period paintings, etchings, and cartoons lampooning evolution illustrate the stages of Darwin's career-- his childhood in northwest England, the five years on the Beagle, the sprawling home in Kent where he fathered ten children and where he died. A good, concise, insightful biography. Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 1993
ISBN: 0-8225-4914-X
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Lerner
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1993




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