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Reveries of the Solitary Walker (Penguin Classics)

 
 
 
 
Reveries of the Solitary Walker (Penguin Classics)
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
ISBN 13: 9780140443639
ISBN 10: 140443630
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1980-02-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
List Price: $13.00
 
 

The struggle between Rousseau's yearning for solitude and his need for society is the central theme of the Reveries.

In the two years before his death in 1778, Jean-Jacques Rousseau composed the ten meditations of Reveries of the Solitary Walker. Combining philosophical argument with amusing anecdotes and lyrical desriptive passages, they record the great French writer's sense of isolation and alienation from a world which he felt had rejected his work. As he wanders around Paris, gazing at plants and day-dreaming, Rousseau looks back over his life in order to justify his actions and to elaborate on his ideal of a well-structured society fit for the noble and solitary natural man.