Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Reveries of a Solitary Walker

A review by P. D. Smith
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
From P. D. Smith (The Guardian):
Although not intended for publication, Reveries has been hugely influential, as Russell Goulbourne's excellent introduction to his new translation makes clear. The Reveries inspired Wordsworth's ambulatory poem The Prelude and Baudelaire considered naming a collection of poems about Paris The Solitary Walker. Rousseau's walks are not urban, but there are also clear parallels with the Parisian flâneurs and the dérive of the Situationists. A powerful meditation on the quest for self-understanding. [Read More]

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