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Rousseau (Volume 1 and 2)   By: (1838-1923)

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ROUSSEAU

BY

JOHN MORLEY

VOLUMES I. and II.

London MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED NEW YORK: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1905

All rights reserved

First printed in this form 1886 Reprinted 1888, 1891, 1896, 1900, 1905

VOL. I.

NOTE TO THE FIRST EDITION.

This work differs from its companion volume in offering something more like a continuous personal history than was necessary in the case of such a man as Voltaire, the story of whose life may be found in more than one English book of repute. Of Rousseau there is, I believe, no full biographical account in our literature, and even France has nothing more complete under this head than Musset Pathay's Histoire de la Vie et des Ouvrages de J.J. Rousseau (1821). This, though a meritorious piece of labour, is extremely crude and formless in composition and arrangement, and the interpreting portions are devoid of interest.

The edition of Rousseau's works to which the references have been made is that by M. Auguis, in twenty seven volumes, published in 1825 by Dalibon. In 1865 M. Streckeisen Moultou published from the originals, which had been deposited in the library of Neuchâtel by Du Peyrou, the letters addressed to Rousseau by various correspondents. These two interesting volumes, which are entitled Rousseau, ses Amis et ses Ennemis , are mostly referred to under the name of their editor.

February , 1873.

The second edition in 1878 was revised; some portions were considerably shortened, and a few additional footnotes inserted. No further changes have been made in the present edition.

January , 1886.

CONTENTS OF VOL. I.

CHAPTER I.

PRELIMINARY. PAGE

The Revolution 1 Rousseau its most direct speculative precursor 2 His distinction among revolutionists 4 His personality 5

CHAPTER II.

YOUTH.

Birth and descent 8 Predispositions 10 First lessons 11 At M. Lambercier's 15 Early disclosure of sensitive temperament 19 Return to Geneva 20 Two apprenticeships 26 Flight from Geneva 30 Savoyard proselytisers 31 Rousseau sent to Anncey, and thence to Turin 34 Conversion to Catholicism 35 Takes service with Madame de Vercellis 39 Then with the Count de Gouvon 42 Returns to vagabondage 43 And to Madame de Warens 45

CHAPTER III.

SAVOY.

Influence of women upon Rousseau 46 Account of Madame de Warens 48 Rousseau takes up his abode with her 54 His delight in life with her 54 The seminarists 57 To Lyons 58 Wanderings to Freiburg, Neuchâtel, and elsewhere 60 Through the east of France 62 Influence of these wanderings upon him 67 Chambéri 69 Household of Madame de Warens 70 Les Charmettes 73 Account of his feeling for nature 79 His intellectual incapacity at this time 83 Temperament 84 Literary interests, and method 85 Joyful days with his benefactress 90 To Montpellier: end of an episode 92 Dates 94

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