Almost a man of genius: Clémence Royer, feminism, and by Joy Harvey

By Joy Harvey

Clemence Royer was once a 19th-century Frenchwoman most likely most sensible recognized for generating the 1st French translation of Charles Darwin. although, her efforts went a lot extra, encompassing anthropology, physics, philosophy, cosmology, and chemistry. during this full-scale biography, Harvey, a technological know-how historian and previous affiliate editor of Cambridge University's Darwin Correspondence venture, lines Royer's striking lifestyles.

A feminist who made lifelong enemies nearly as conveniently as she made acquaintances, Royer was once by no means capable of adopt formal, complicated schooling and used to be a manufactured from her personal self-study efforts. simply in her previous few years used to be she officially well-known via a number of specialist societies and provided the French Legion of Honor. Harvey contains an outline of past biographical remedies, the textual content of an 1874 verbal exchange on "Women, technology, and the beginning Rate," and broad notes.

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23Her father tried to bring her out of her depression by inviting her to the theater. When she defiantly refused, he slapped her face, the only time he struck her. 24 This period of preadolescent depression seems to have lingered for another six months. She recovered only when her family, missing the excitement of the capital, returned to Paris in 1843. Now thirteen, she saw the Tuileries and the other places where she had played as a child. She burst into tears when she realized she was no longer a little girl in short skirts.

She was to love the same characterics many years later in her lover, Pascal Duprat, who had the same tall, thin, quixotic appearance coupled with a more sparkling personality but the same inability to succeed in business. In her convent school, Clémence at ten years was "a dreamy child," with only one friend. She must have been a very lonely child as well, ignored by the older girls. She started out triumphantly, winning prizes and advancing rapidly through the classes. But she soon developed a dramatic reaction to the heavy Catholic religious training that was part of her preparation for First Communion.

As a very young officer under Napoleon, Royer had become a captain three years before the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1815 and had sworn an oath to uphold the royal family. Following the July revolution of 1830, the Orleanist "citizen king" Page 6 Louis-Philippe came to the throne. In January 1831, Augustin Royer took a leave from the army and joined the rebels who surrounded the "legitimist" group of royalists. The duchesse du Berry, a young and attractive widow and mother of the young comte d'Artois, later the comte de Chambord, led this rebellion.

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