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Confessions

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Angela Scholar; Patrick Coleman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2000.
Series: Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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In his Confessions, Jean-Jacques Rousseau tells the story of his life, from the formative experience of his humble childhood in Geneva, through the achievement of international fame as novelist and philosopher in Paris, to his wanderings as an exile, persecuted by governments and alienated from the world of modern civilization. In trying to explain who he was and how he came to be the object of others' admiration  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Angela Scholar; Patrick Coleman
ISBN: 9780199540037 0199540039
OCLC Number: 291098227
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xxxviii, 676 pages ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Other Titles: Confessions.
Responsibility: Jean-Jacques Rousseau ; translated by Angela Scholar ; edited with an introduction and notes by Patrick Coleman.
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In his Confessions, Jean-Jacques Rousseau tells the story of his life, from the formative experience of his humble childhood in Geneva, through the achievement of international fame as novelist and philosopher in Paris, to his wanderings as an exile, persecuted by governments and alienated from the world of modern civilization. In trying to explain who he was and how he came to be the object of others' admiration and abuse, Rousseau analyzes with unique insight the relationship between an elusive but essential inner self and the variety of social identities he was led to adopt. The book illustrates the mixture of moods and motives that underlie the writing of autobiography: defiance and vulnerability, self-exploration and denial, passion, puzzlement, and detachment. Above all, Confessions is Rousseau's search, through every resource of language, to convey what he despairs of putting into words: the personal quality of one's own existence.

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