Considered to be the first autobiography of its kind, The Confessions is two distinct books published seven years apart and covers the first 53 years of the author's life. The autobiographies of the time delved primarily into the individual's religious life, but Jean-Jacques Rousseau wanted to do something different. Instead of focusing on faith, he wrote about his thoughts and misadventures.
Publication of The Confessions scandalized 18th-century Europe due to its graphic nature and the author's shameful adventures. If the modern listener is looking for a grand tour of Europe of the 18th century, Jean-Jacques Rousseau is the perfect tour guide. The author takes the listener on a journey of this long-ago era with firsthand accounts that are outrageous and amusing.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century and was instrumental across Europe in modern educational and political thought.