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Julie, ou la Nouvelle Heloise

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Julie, ou la Nouvelle Heloise

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Julie, ou la nouvelle Héloïse is a novel by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, published in 1761. The original edition was named Lettres de deux amans habitans d'une petite ville au pied des Alpes ("Letters from two lovers living in a small town at the foot of the Alps").

The novel describes the history of Héloïse d'Argenteuil and Peter Abelard, a medieval story of passion and Christian renunciation.

JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU (1712-1778), was a Swiss philosopher, composer, and author who transformed the art of fiction. His novel, Julie, or the New Heloise, was vital to the development of romantic fiction. Rousseau’s Social Contract is a key document in modern political and social thought, and makes the case for democratic government and social liberation. His widely distributed (banned) political writings helped lead to the French Revolution. The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau has become one of the most widely read and influential autobiographies ever written. 

*Schopenhauer called Julie, or the New Heloise as one of the four greatest novels ever written, along with Tristram Shandy, Wilhelm Meister, and Don Quixote.

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