The confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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.
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Cohen, J. M. 1903-1989.
|author||Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778.|
Cohen, J. M.1903-1989.
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|display_description||"The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau" is a one-of-a-kind autobiography. Up until its publication in 1782, only two autobiographies had ever been written, and both were written by devout religious saints. Highly scandalous yet witty in nature, calling Rousseau's work an "autobiography" is a loose categorization of the text, as many of the stories and tales have been proven false, yet Rousseau told the truth about the spirit of his life through the book. He creates a portrait of himself that he wanted readers to remember, drawing from a humorous inner-monologue that his "character" created. Critics and readers often refer to Rousseau as a "genius", not only for his other works, but also because of the "Confessions". He took a risk in generating a contemptible persona as representative of his voice, but he then draws the reader to his side by his blatantly comical honesty. He is a gambler, a trickster, a gossip, and a mastermind all in one body. But aside from his comedy, Rousseau also discusses the difficulty of living in a culture that banned his earlier works and friends who betrayed him during the revolutionary times. "The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau" is a significant text because of its wit, its honesty, and its portrayal of French history and society. This edition includes a biographical afterword.|
|local_callnumber_santafe||BIO ROUSSEAU, J|
|owning_library_santafe||Santa Fe Public Library|
|owning_location_santafe||Main Library (Curbside Pickup)|
|subject_facet||Authors, French -- 18th century -- Biography|
Philosophers -- France -- Biography
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, -- 1712-1778
|title_display||The confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau|
|title_full||The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau [electronic resource] / Jean-Jacques Rousseau|
The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau [electronic resource] Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778.
The confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau / translated and with an introduction by J.M. Cohen
The confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau [electronic resource] Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778.
|title_short||The confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau|