The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Penguin Putnam
Widely regarded as the first modern autobiography, The Confessions is an astonishing work of acute psychological insight. Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) argued passionately against the inequality he believed to be intrinsic to civilized society. In his Confessions he relives the first fifty-three years of his radical life with vivid immediacy - from his earliest years, where we can see the source of his belief in the innocence of childhood, through the development of his philosophical and political ideas, his struggle against the French authorities and exile from France following the publication of Emile. Depicting a life of adventure, persecution, paranoia, and brilliant achievement, The Confessions is a landmark work by one of the greatest thinkers of the Enlightenment, which was a direct influence upon the work of Proust, Goethe and Tolstoy among others.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Baker & Taylor
The French author looks at the first fifty-three years of his life, from his childhood in Geneva, to his fame as a novelist and philosopher in Paris, to his persecution by governments and his wanderings as an exile.

Publisher: London, England ; New York, N.Y., USA : Penguin Books, 1953
ISBN: 9780140440331
014044033X
Branch Call Number: 92 R7627c 1953
Characteristics: 606 pages ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Cohen, J. M. (John Michael), 1903-1989

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