The Confessions

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In his posthumously published Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) describes the first fifty-three years of his life. With a frankness at times almost disconcerting, but always refreshing, he set out to reveal the whole truth about himself to the world and succeeded in producing a masterpiece which has left its indelible imprint on the literature of successive generations, influencing among others Proust, Goethe and Tolstoy.
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Overview

In his posthumously published Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) describes the first fifty-three years of his life. With a frankness at times almost disconcerting, but always refreshing, he set out to reveal the whole truth about himself to the world and succeeded in producing a masterpiece which has left its indelible imprint on the literature of successive generations, influencing among others Proust, Goethe and Tolstoy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140440331
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1953
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 361,574
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

J. M. Cohen, born in London in 1903 and a Cambridge graduate, was the author of many Penguin translations, including versions of Cervantes, Rabelais and Montaigne. For some years he assisted E. V. Rieu in editing the Penguin Classics. He collected the three books of Comic and Curious Verse and anthologies of Latin American and Cuban writing. He frequently visited Spain and made several visits to Mexico, Cuba and other Spanish American countries. With his son Mark he edited the Penguin Dictionary of Quotations and its companion Dictionary of Modern Quotations.

J. M. Cohen died in 1989. The Times’ obituary described him as ‘the translator of the foreign prose classics for our times’ and ‘one of the last great English men of letters’, while the Independent wrote that ‘his influence will be felt for generations to come’.
J. M. Cohen, born in London in 1903 and a Cambridge graduate, was the author of many Penguin translations, including versions of Cervantes, Rabelais and Montaigne. For some years he assisted E. V. Rieu in editing the Penguin Classics. He collected the three books of Comic and Curious Verse and anthologies of Latin American and Cuban writing. He frequently visited Spain and made several visits to Mexico, Cuba and other Spanish American countries. With his son Mark he edited the Penguin Dictionary of Quotations and its companion Dictionary of Modern Quotations.

J. M. Cohen died in 1989. The Times’ obituary described him as ‘the translator of the foreign prose classics for our times’ and ‘one of the last great English men of letters’, while the Independent wrote that ‘his influence will be felt for generations to come’.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The First Part
Book One Book Two Book Three Book Four Book Five Book Six
The Second Part
Book Seven Book Eight Book Nine Book Ten Book Eleven Book Twelve Notes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2003

    The genius as egocentric nudnik

    This is a turning point book in Western civilization, a great landmark in the exploration and discovery of the Self. Rousseau goes into more intimate and petty detail about his life than anyone has ever done before. At times this is amusing, very often it is boring. What is surprising is that it is by any standards a revelation of the genius as such a contemptible person. This is revealed especially in his relation to his own children, who he does his best to be rid of as soon as possible, and his terrible relation to the mother of his children. This work opened the way to Romantic subjectivity and the modern making the self the center of Literature and the world. The question for the reader is how much of this they will be able to take before they begin to feel sick.

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