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Julie, or the New Héloise (1761)

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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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.… (more)
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I hear this is maybe like a less shitty version of Pamela.
  AlCracka | Apr 2, 2013 |
Ce livre 'doit déplaire aux dévots, aux libertins, aux philosophes ; il doit choquer les femmes galantes, et scandaliser les honnêtes femmes. A qui plaira-t-il donc ? Peut-être à moi seul ; mais à coup sûr il ne plaira médiocrement à personne.'.
  PierreYvesMERCIER | Feb 19, 2012 |
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Jean-Jacques Rousseauprimary authorall editionscalculated
Launay, MichelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pomeau, RenéEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Non la connobe il mondo, mentre l'ebbe: Connobill' io ch a pianger qui rimasi" (Pétrarque).

I. Le monde la posséda sans la connaître,
   Et moi, je l'ai connue, je reste ici-bas à la pleurer. (Pétrarque)
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"Il faut vous fuir, mademoiselle, je le sens bien: j'aurais dû beaucoup moins attendre; ou plutôt il fallait ne vous voir jamais".
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"Je goûte le plaisir délicieux d'aimer purement. Cet état fait le bonheur de ma vie; mon humeur et ma santé s'en ressentent; à peine puis-je en concevoir un plus doux, et l'accord de l'amour et de l'innocence me semble être le paradis sur terre".

"N'allons donc pas chercher dans les livres des principes et des règles que nous trouvons plus sûrement au-dedans de nous".

"D'ailleurs ces études énervent l'âme, la jettent dans la mollesse, et lui ôtent tout son réassort".

"vous folâtrez, même avec moi, comme auparavant".
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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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