From Library Journal
Kelly's careful translation, based on the latest French critical edition, seems likely to become the standard English version of the Confessions. In his helpful introductory essay, Kelly claims that Rousseau's work has more than biographical importance. Rousseau's portrayal of events in his life often illuminates themes in his political philosophy. His elaborate accounts of conspiracies against him, by Friedrich Melchior Baron von Grimm and others, help to explain his doctrines of natural goodness and virtue. Because Kelly believes that Rousseau wrote the Confessions with extraordinary care, he has paid attention in his translation even to such minor details as variant spellings of persons and place names. This edition includes several letters from Rousseau to Chretien Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes and supplies helpful explanatory notes. Highly recommended.?David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., Ohio
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"Enhanced by revealing slices of the correspondence . . . an exemplary introduction and notes . . . An English translation of the French classic has to bear comparison with J. M. Cohen's Penguin Classics version of 1953. Kelley passes that test with flying colors . . . Kelly's will certainly endure as the work of reference in English, as Bernard Gagnebin's Pléiade edition of 1959 provides the basic reference in French." —Civilization
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