The Confessions

Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Author

J. M. Cohen - Translator

J. M. Cohen - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140440331 | 608 pages | 30 Aug 1953 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Widely regarded as the first modern autobiography, The Confessions is an astonishing work of acute psychological insight. Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) argued passionately against the inequality he believed to be intrinsic to civilized society. In his Confessions he relives the first fifty-three years of his radical life with vivid immediacy - from his earliest years, where we can see the source of his belief in the innocence of childhood, through the development of his philosophical and political ideas, his struggle against the French authorities and exile from France following the publication of Emile. Depicting a life of adventure, persecution, paranoia, and brilliant achievement, The Confessions is a landmark work by one of the greatest thinkers of the Enlightenment, which was a direct influence upon the work of Proust, Goethe and Tolstoy among others.
The Confessions - Jean-Jacques Rousseau


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