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1908. The biography of French philosopher, social and political theorist, musician, botanist, and one of the most eloquent writers of the Age of Enlightenment. The first woman to have a profound influence on his life and writings was Madame Louise de Warens, a wealthy and charitable woman, to whom he became secretary and companion to when he was sixteen. Partial Contents: The fugitive; Character of Isaac Rousseau; The legendary Madame de Warens; M. de Warens' account of his wife's flight; Arrival of Jean-Jacques at Annecy; Back at Annecy; Waiting for something to turn up; Claude Anet; Madame de Warens and the adventurers; Jean-Jacque at Les Charmettes; Alone at Les Charmettes; Jean-Jacques' relations with Madame de Warens; At Venice; Jean-Jacques thrown over by Mesdames de Beuzenval and de Broglie; Jean-Jacques and Therese send their children to the Foundling Hospital; Jean-Jacques sets up housekeeping with Therese and her mother; The discourse on the arts and sciences; At Geneva; Why Jean-Jacques did not remain at Geneva; Sophie, Comtesse d'Houdetot; Madame d'Houdetot at Eaubonne; Madame d'Houdetot talks to Jean-Jacques about Saint-Lambert; The philosophers laugh at Jean-Jacques; Madame d'Epinay's visit to Geneva; Peace after storm; Madame de Luxembourg; Jean-Jacques at work; Le Contrat Social; The beginning of persecution; At Motiers; Death of Madame de Warens; Jean-Jacques seeks shelter in the Ile de Saint-Pierre; Symptoms of insanity; Hume's candid opinion of Jean-Jacques; Jean-Jacques' madness; Life at Bourgoin; Back in Paris; Last years in Paris; and Failure of the coup de theatre.