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Going Further

Works about Charles Darwin

Portrait of Charles Darwin, around age 58. Image A018945 from the Images from the History of Medicine (IHM).

1. Bowler, Peter. Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons: Evolution and Christianity from Darwin to Intelligent Design. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007.

A work that shows the accommodation of religious thought to Darwin’s views, in distinction to the warfare model so easily appealed to. Over the past 25 years, Bowler has been a prolific author on the history of Darwinism and ideas in heredity and human evolution, as well writing a biography of Darwin.

2. Browne, Janet. Charles Darwin: Voyaging. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1996.

_____. Charles Darwin: The Power of Place. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003.

A recent definitive two-volume biography.

3. Darwin, Charles. The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–1882. Ed. Nora Barlow. London: Collins, 1958.

Darwin wrote the autobiography in 1876, for his family and with no thought of publication. Francis Darwin, his son, originally published the autobiography in 1887 in The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin. Barlow was Darwin’s granddaughter; she restored some of the more controversial passages that Francis Darwin had excised.

4. The Darwin Correspondence Project.

The complete annotated correspondence, to be published in thirty-two volumes, under the editorship of Professor Jim Secord of the University of Cambridge. Published by Cambridge University Press, starting in 1985, the correspondence from 1821 through 1868 is currently available in print. Subsequent to print publication, it will also be available online at:

Selected correspondence is being published as:

  • Burkhardt, Frederick, ed. Charles Darwin’s Letters: A Selection, 1825–1859. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1998.
  • Burkhardt, Frederick, ed. The Beagle Letters. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2008.
  • Burkhardt, Frederick, ed. Origins: Selected Letters of Charles Darwin, 1822–1859. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2008.
  • Burkhardt, Frederick, Alison M. Pearn, and Samantha Evans, eds. Evolution: Selected Letters of Charles Darwin, 1860–1870. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2008.
Image of the English pouter pigeon with its elaborate inflated crop, removing definition between the neck, beak, and chest, from Darwin's The variation of animals and plants.

5. Darwin, Charles. Charles Darwin’s Notebooks, 1836-1844: Geology, Transmutation of Species, Metaphysical Enquiries. Ed. Paul Barrett, Peter J. Gautrey, Sandra Herbert, David Kohn, and Sydney Smith. London and Ithaca, NY: British Museum (Natural History) and Cornell UP, 1987.

Edited versions of the notebooks in which Darwin worked out his most significant insights.

6. The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online.

A single site for all of Darwin’s published and unpublished writings including a major catalogue of his every publication and manuscript in the world.

7. Darwin, Charles. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. London: John Murray, 1859. The first edition. The sixth and last edition was published in 1872.

Last Reviewed: October 13, 2017