Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius

by Leo Damrosch

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius by Leo Damrosch


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618872022
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/14/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 578
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.31(d)

About the Author


LEO DAMROSCH was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, among other honors. Currently the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of literature at Harvard University, he has written widely on eighteenth-century writers. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Hometown:

Newton, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

September 14, 1941

Place of Birth:

Manila, Philippines

Education:

B.A., Yale University, 1963; M.A. Cambridge University, 1966; Ph.D., Princeton University, 1968

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