Julie, Or the New Heloise: Letters of Two Lovers Who Live in a Small Town at the Foot of the Alps

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Philip Stewart, Jean Vache
UPNE, Sep 1, 2010 - Fiction - 760 pages
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An elegant translation of one of the most popular novels of its time.
Rousseau's great epistolary novel, Julie, or the New Heloise, has been virtually unavailable in English since 1810. In it, Rousseau reconceptualized the relationship of the individual to the collective and articulated a new moral paradigm. The story follows the fates and smoldering passions of Julie d'Etange and St. Preux, a one-time lover who re-enters Julie's life at the invitation of her unsuspecting husband, M. de Wolmar.
The complex tones of this work made it a commercial success and a continental sensation when it first appeared in 1761, and its embodiment of Rousseau's system of thought, in which feelings and intellect are intertwined, redefined the function and form of fiction for decades. As the characters negotiate a complex maze of passion and virtue, their purity of soul and honest morality reveal, as Rousseau writes in his preface, "the subtleties of heart of which this work is full."
A comprehensive introduction and careful annotations make this novel accessible to contemporary readers, both as an embodiment of Rousseau's philosophy and as a portrayal of the tension and power inherent in domestic life.
 

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Contents

Title Page
1
Preface
3
Second Preface
7
Part One
25
Part Two
155
Part Three
252
Part Four
327
Part Five
429
Appendix I
613
Appendix II
621
Appendix III
629
Appendix IV
631
Appendix V
634
Appendix VI
649
Editors Notes
653
Index
725

Part Six
523

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About the author (2010)

Philip Stewart is professor of French and Literature and Director, Center for European Studies, Duke University. His books include Engraven Desires: Eros, Image, and Text in the French 18th Century (1992).
Jean Vache is Associate Professor of English, Paul Valery University, Montpellier, France.

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