The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Widely regarded as the first modern autobiography, ‘The Confessions’ is an astonishing work of acute psychological insight. Jean-Jacques Rousseau relives the first 53 years of his radical life with vivid immediacy.

ISBN: 9780140440331 Author: Rousseau, Jean-Jacques Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 29th March 1973 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 848.509 (edition:23) Pages: 606 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

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 Émile. 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.

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