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Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius by  Leo Damrosch - First Edition - 2005 - from Veery Books and

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius

by Damrosch, Leo

Condition: Fine/Very Good

Wilmington, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. Fine in a very good dj with slight wear. A silver National Book Award Finalist medal affixed to the dust jacket. x, 566 pp., 50 illustrations, map. Contents: The loneliness of a gifted child; The end of innocence; "I desired a happiness of which I had no idea"; Rousseau finds a mother; A year of wandering; In Maman's house; The idyll of Les Charmettes; Broadening horizons : Lyon and Paris; The masks of Venice; A life partner and a guilty secret; A writer's apprenticeship; The beginnings of fame; Rousseau's originality; Lionized in Geneva, alienated in Paris; An affair of the heart; The break with the Enlightenment; Peace at last, and the triumph of Julie; Rousseau the controversialist: Emile and the social contract; Exile in the mountains; Another expulsion; In a strange land; The past relived; Into the self-made labyrinth; The final years in Paris. "Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a teenage dropout who ran away from a hated apprenticeship, spent the next twenty years in apparent idleness punctuated by occasional low-level jobs and until he was well into his thirties seemed to have no future whatsoever. But then, unexpectedly even to those who knew him best, he became one of the most influential writers of his time and, as it would eventually turn out, of the modern world. Rousseau's triumph was the more surprising since, unlike most famous writers then or later, he did not go to school for a single day and was essentially self-taught."--from the introduction. . First Edition. Cloth. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau burst unexpectedly onto the eighteenth-century literary scene as a provocateur whose works electrified readers. An autodidact who had not written anything of significance by age thirty, Rousseau seemed an unlikely candidate to become one of the most influential thinkers in history. Yet the power of his ideas is felt to this day in our political and social lives. In a masterly and definitive biography, Leo Damrosch traces the extraordinary life of Rousseau with novelistic verve. He presents Rousseau's books -- The Social Contract, one of the greatest works on political theory; Emile, a groundbreaking treatise on education; and the Confessions, which created the genre of introspective autobiography -- as works uncannily alive and provocative even today. Jean-Jacques Rousseau offers a vivid portrait of the visionary’s tumultuous life.


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