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Reveries of the Solitary Walker

by Jean Jacques Rousseau

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PUBLISHED: 28th February 1980
ISBN: 9780140443639
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An exploration of the author's thought as he looks back over his life, searching to justify his actions, to defend himself against his critics and to elaborate upon his philosophy. It describes his sense of isolation from a society he felt had rejected his writings.
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  • Paperback
    $17.22
PUBLISHED: 28th February 1980
ISBN: 9780140443639
ANNOTATION:
An exploration of the author's thought as he looks back over his life, searching to justify his actions, to defend himself against his critics and to elaborate upon his philosophy. It describes his sense of isolation from a society he felt had rejected his writings.

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An exploration of the author's thought as he looks back over his life, searching to justify his actions, to defend himself against his critics and to elaborate upon his philosophy. It describes his sense of isolation from a society he felt had rejected his writings.

Publisher Description

After a period of forced exile and solitary wandering brought about by his radical views on religion and politics, Jean-Jacques Rousseau returned to Paris in 1770. Here, in the last two years of his life, he wrote his final work, the Reveries. In this eloquent masterpiece the great political thinker describes his sense of isolation from a society he felt had rejected his writings - and the manner in which he has come to terms with his alienation, as he walks around Paris, gazing at plants, day-dreaming and finding comfort in the virtues of solitude and the natural world. Meditative, amusing and lyrical, this is a fascinating exploration of Rousseau's thought as he looks back over his life, searching to justify his actions, to defend himself against his critics and to elaborate upon his philosophy.

Author Biography

Peter Constantine's honors include the PEN Translation Prize, the National Translation Award, the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize, and Greece's Translators of Literature Prize. He translated Machiavelli's The Prince for Vintage Classics.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born in Geneva in 1712. He was a writer and political theorist of the Enlightenment. In 1750 he published his first important work 'A Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts' (1750) where he argued that man had become corrupted by society and civilisation. In 1755, he published 'Discourse on the Origin of Inequality' and in 'The Social Contract' (1762) he argued, "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains". This political treatise earned him exile from his home city of Geneva and arguably inspired the French Revolution (his ashes were transferred to the Pantheon in Paris in 1794). He also wrote ' mile', a treatise on education and 'The New Eloise' (1761). This novel scandalised the French authorities who ordered Rousseau's arrest. In his last 10 years, Rousseau wrote his 'Confessions'. In The Confessions he remembers his adventurous life, his achievements and the persecution he suffered from opponents. His revelations inspired the likes of Proust, Goethe and Tolstoy among others. Rousseau died on 2 July in France in 1778.

Table of Contents

Reveries of the Solitary Walker - Jean-Jacques Rousseau Introduction A Brief Chronology First Walk Second Walk Third Walk Fourth Walk Fifth Walk Sixth Walk Seventh Walk Eighth Walk Ninth Walk Tenth Walk

Product Details

Author
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Short Title
REVERIES OF THE SOLITARY WALKE
Pages
160
Publisher
Penguin Books
Series
Penguin Classics
Language
English
Translator
Peter France
ISBN-10
0140443630
ISBN-13
9780140443639
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
1980
Publication Date
1980-02-28
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Translated from
French
Edition
1st
Audience
General/Trade