Charles and Emma

Charles and Emma

The Darwins' Leap of Faith

Book - 2011
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"Charles Darwin published 'The origin of species,' his revolutionary treatise on evolution, in 1859. Even today, the theory of evolution creates tension between the scientific and religious communities. This same debate raged within Darwin himself and played an important part in his marriage: Emma's faith gave Charles a lot to think about as he worked on his controversial theory. His wife's religious convictions made him rethink how the world would receive his ideas"--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, Square Fish,, 2011.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780312661045
Branch Call Number: J 92 DAR
Characteristics: 268 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,21 cm.

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Gardengallivant
Aug 28, 2010

Very well crafted biography of the loving and supportive relationship between two people.
The Wedgwood family's influence on Darwin and the way he worked in his home has always been left out or glossed over in most biographies I've read so it is a pleasure to read one that focuses on this critical, personal aspect of his life.

Clearly there had to be debate or even conflict between Emma's devout faith and Charles' lack of faith. This interaction was detailed in letters between the couple and in materials from close friends and family. The result was portrayed as a strong marriage with respect and commitment that supported Darwin's work.

Emma actively sheltered him from external disturbances upsetting his health & his ability to work. She contributed to his work by editing and commenting on content. Clearly she both kept her faith and understood the implications of his work if she could edit and make intelligent suggestions. This is the first biography that made Emma more that a shadow behind Darwin.

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