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Pougens, Charles

Entry updated 9 August 2021. Tagged: Author.

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Working name of French philologist, artist and bookseller Marie-Charles-Joseph de Pougens (1755-1833), who also signed as Charles de Pougens; his Jocko: anecdote détachée des Lettres inédites sur l'instinct des animaux ["Jocko: Anecdote Extracted from Unpublished Letters on Animal Instinct"] (1824; trans Georges T Dodds as "Jocko" in The Missing Link and Other Tales of Ape-Men, anth 2010) is an early Apes as Human tale in which the eponymous orang-utan, having fallen in love with the tale's narrator, becomes a victim of human avarice. The depiction of the orang-utan as essentially innocent, a point of view derived from the concept of the Noble Savage articulated by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), is not commonly found in Proto SF texts. [JC]

Marie-Charles-Joseph de Pougens

born Paris: 15 August 1755

died Vauxbuin, Picardy, France: 19 December 1833

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