Jean-Jacques: The Early Life and Work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1754

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 25, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 382 pages
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In the first volume of his trilogy, noted political philosopher Maurice Cranston draws from original manuscript sources to trace Rousseau's life from his birth in provincial obscurity in Geneva, through his youthful wanderings, to his return to Geneva in 1754 as a celebrated writer and composer.

"[An] admirable biography which is as meticulous, calm, reasonable, and judicious as its subject is passionate and tumultuous."—Keith Michael Baker, Washington Post Book World

"The definitive biography, as scholarly as it is entertaining."—The Economist

"Exceptionally fresh . . . . [Cranston] seems to know exactly what his readers need to know, and thoughtfully enriches the background—both physical and intellectual—of Rousseau's youthful peregrinations . . . . He makes the first part of Rousseau's life as absorbing as a picaresque novel. His fidelity to Rousseau's ideas and to his life as it was lived is a triumph of poise."—Naomi Bliven, The New Yorker

"The most outstanding achievement of Professor Cranston's own distinguished career."—Robert Wokler, Times Literary Supplement

Maurice Cranston (1920-1993), a distinguished scholar and recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his biography of John Locke, was professor of political science at the London School of Economics. His numerous books include The Romantic Movement and Philosophers and Pamphleteers, and translations of Rousseau's The Social Contract and Discourse on the Origins of Inequality.
  

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Contents

LIST OF PLATES
7
MAP
8
INTRODUCTION
9
GENEVA
13
BOSSEY
30
ANNECY
43
TURIN
52
A SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION
69
VENICE
169
LES MUSES GALANTES
193
THE ENCYCLOPAEDIST
217
THE MORALIST
230
THE PHILOSOPHER OF MUSIC AND LANGUAGE
271
ON THE ORIGINS OF INEQUALITY
292
THE REFORMER REFORMED
310
THE RETURN TO GENEVA
324

CHAMBERY
99
LES CHARMETTES
118
LYONS
141
PARIS
156

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About the author (1991)

Maurice Cranston was Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics. Over a long and distinguished academic career he has taught at Harvard University, Dartmouth College, University of British Columbia, the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington and the European University Institute. His many books include a three-volume biography of Rousseau, as well as" John Locke: A Biography, What are Human Rights?" and "The Mask of Politics," Maurice Cranston died in November 1993.

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