The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The annoymous translation into English of 1783 & 1790 revised and completed by A. S. Glover with an introduction by Glover.
Illustrated by William Sharp.
Easton Press Collector's Edition from their 100 Greatest Books Ever Written Series.
Condition: There is noticeable loss of gilt on all three sides of the closed pages. Otherwise, the book is in very good condition.
Dr. Johnson may have been correct in saying that “Rousseau was a very bad man,” but none can argue that his ideas are among the most influential in all of world history. It was Rousseau, the father of the romantic movement, who was responsible for introducing at least two modern day thoughts that pervade academia: (1) free expression of the creative spirit is more important than strict adhesion to formal rules and traditional procedures, and (2) man is innately good but is corrupted by society and civilization.
The Confessions is Rousseau’s landmark autobiography. Both brilliant and flawed, it is nonetheless beautifully written and remains one of the most moving human documents in all of literature. In this work, Rousseau “frankly and sincerely” settles accounts with himself in an effort to project his “true” image to the world. In so doing he reveals the details of a man who paid little regard to accepted morality and social conventions.