Emma Darwin: The Inspirational Wife of a Genius

Much has been written about Charles Darwin but this is the first biography of his strong, intelligent wife whom he referred to as 'twice refined gold'. 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 Edna Healey has discovered new, and hitherto unpublished material and has the full support of the Darwin family in writing this major biography.

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By Leanda (Tewkesbury, E6, The United Kingdom) · ★★★☆☆ · July 31, 2014

Why should we be interested in the wife of a genius any more than his first cousin or his best friend? Well, if we are interested in his social and political world we might care to meet the wife that shaped his domestic landscape. Edna Healey also suggests that as ‘ a wife of fame’ Emma Darwin re... ...more
By Dark-Draco (Ledbury, HR8 2XG, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · April 28, 2013
I picked up this at a local library sale - and I'm glad that I did! I studied evolution as part of my college course and have always been interested in Charles Darwin, but this was the first time I'd read anything about his wife, Emma.

This starts by looking at Emma's famous family tree - the Wedg... ...more
By Robin (Bath, BA18EE, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · August 23, 2013
One of the most moving and fascinating biogs I've ever read. Actually inspired me to write my own novel about the Darwins - SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. ...more