The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals

The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals - Charles Darwin I confess I had no intention of reading the Expressions of Emotions in Man, and purely lifted this volume in order to peruse the Autobiography. Having read both Origins and Descent of man I am well used to Darwin’s laborious style of dialogue and could not face another of his scientific treatise.

The Autobiography is short (about 80 pages) and was intended as a letter of sorts for his children. It contains, perhaps surprisingly, more than a little humour. The early parts concerning his childhood and formative years are both interesting and informative. In later parts he ceases to talk about his own life and those of his immediate family and friends and concentrates on his writings.

In think perhaps Darwin felt a little bit self-conscious talking about himself such being a modest man, or perhaps he felt he did not feel he needed to explain himself in his later years to his children as they knew him well enough.
In any case, the autobiography is quite appealing, if short.