Reveries of the Solitary Walker (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)

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Rousseau's last great work, Reveries of the Solitary Walker is part reminiscence, part meditation, as the philosopher tries to come to terms with his isolation and to find happiness in solitude and nature. The Reveries are an important complement to Rousseau's other philosophical and autobiographical works and address many of the same issues, making it a useful introduction for anyone interested in reading Rousseau for the first time. Russell Goulbourne offers a fresh new translation that marries accuracy with readability. In addition, his Introduction discusses the nature of the work and places it in its historical, literary, and intellectual contexts. It considers the Reveries alongside Rousseau's other autobiographical work, notably the Confessions, and the form and style of the text in the context of the history of lyrical prose narratives, the rise of Romanticism, and works about walking. Finally, the book features detailed explanatory notes that enable readers to appreciate to the full Rousseau's ideas, ranging from biographical details to literary allusions, philosophical contexts, and the routes around Paris where Rousseau walked.

About the Author

Russell Goulbourne is Professor of Early Modern French Literature at the University of Leeds.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780199563272
ISBN-10: 0199563276
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: July 7th, 2011
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Oxford World's Classics