Emma Darwin : The Wife of an Inspirational Genius, Paperback Book

Emma Darwin : The Wife of an Inspirational Genius Paperback

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Much has been written about Charles Darwin but this is the first biography of his strong, intelligent wife. Emma Wedgwood, granddaughter of the famous Josiah, married Charles Darwin in 1839, three years after he returned from his extraordinary voyage on the Beagle. Their life together was intellectually exciting though overshadowed by personal tragedy.

Edna Healey has discovered new, and hitherto unpublished, material and has had the full support of the Darwin family in writing this major biography.


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Three main faults of the book:1. The writing is so unclear that the reader has to read a passage several times to understand what the author is trying to say.2. This is strictly speaking not a biography on Emma Darwin, but an overview of the Darwins, Wedgwoods and Allens. Because the book is relatively thin, the details are superficial, lacking in depth.3. Bad structure. Many things are repeated and a more careful structuring would have made the book tighter.

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