He failed at just about every job he attempted.
Damrosch is probably correct in highlighting the originality and impact of his Confessions since it provides the context for Rousseau's other work.
Damrosch's biography of Rousseau is a fine piece of work--complete, readable and attentive to nuance and detail.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) was a Swiss philosopher of the Enlightenment, as well as a composer; Leo Damrosch is Professor of Literature at Harvard, as well as the author of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Steven H. Propp
I immensely enjoyed this book, but, before getting into the reasons I liked it so much, I would like to make some critical points about the book, which might be a better guide in... Read morePublished on August 4, 2012 by David Milliern
Damrosch's biography of Rousseau is a fine piece of work--complete, readable and attentive to nuance and detail. Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Richard B. Schwartz
The author is an unabashed admirer, adorer and worshipper of JJ-Rousseau, which is a pity because he knows a lot about the man that he glosses or skips over because it doesn't fit... Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Laurence Boehmen
It took nearly 300 pages before I was persuaded that Prof. Damrosch's title of "Genius" was partially justified. Read morePublished on September 23, 2010 by Observer
This biography captures the curious development of J.J. Rousseau. It is far less successful explaining the importance or lack of importance of Rousseau's personal events and... Read morePublished on June 25, 2009 by Hans G. Despain
I selected this because of its National Book Award recognition. The winners and nominees I've read have all been good and this one did not disappoint. Read morePublished on May 9, 2009 by Loves the View
Until Damros published this 2005 National Book Award finalist, there has not been a good single-volume biography of Rousseau in the English language. Read morePublished on January 29, 2007 by Stephen Balbach
This fascinating biography gives a concise and briskly moving snapshot of one the key figures of our contested modernity, indeed, and ironically, of the Enlightenment tradition. Read morePublished on June 1, 2006 by John C. Landon