‘. . . a work of magisterial scholarship, meticulous in every respect.’ Quarterly Review of Biology
The Darwin Correspondence Project is locating and researching all known letters to and from Charles Darwin, and is publishing complete texts together with notes and appendices that make them comprehensible to the modern reader.
The Project published a first comprehensive descriptive guide to Darwin’s letters, A Calendar of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin: 1821-1882 in 1985. The first volume in the complete chronological edition of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin was published by Cambridge University Press in the same year and will ultimately comprise 30 volumes. Volumes 1 to 8 of the main edition are also available in paperback as a special Anniversary set published for Darwin’s bicentenary in 2009. Letters covering the period of the young Darwin’s voyage round the world are also available in an illustrated standalone volume, Charles Darwin: the Beagle Letters (Cambridge University Press 2008), and there are two volumes of selected letters, Origins, covering the years up to the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859, and Evolution, covering the years between 1860 to 1870.
- The Correspondence of Charles Darwin
- Read the introductions to all the published volumes here to get a close-up view of Darwin’s life year by year
- The Correspondence 1821-60: Anniversary paperback set
- Origins: Selected Letters of Charles Darwin 1822-1859
- Evolution: Selected Letters of Charles Darwin 1860-1870
- Charles Darwin: the Beagle Letters
- Calendars summarising the correspondence of Charles Darwin