The Life of Erasmus Darwin

The Life of Erasmus Darwin is the 1879 biography of Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802) by his grandson Charles Darwin.

Before publication however 16% of the work was cut out by Charles' daughter Etty Darwin — mostly the most provocative parts. An unabridged edition edited by Desmond King-Hele was published in 2003 to mark the 200th anniversary since Erasmus' death.

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