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Rousseau, the Age of Enlightenment, and Their Legacies$
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Robert Wokler and Bryan Garsten

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147888

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147888.001.0001

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Preparing the Definitive Edition of the Correspondance de Rousseau

Preparing the Definitive Edition of the Correspondance de Rousseau

(p.136) Chapter 9 Preparing the Definitive Edition of the Correspondance de Rousseau
Rousseau, the Age of Enlightenment, and Their Legacies

Robert Wokler

, Bryan Garsten

Christopher Brooke

Princeton University Press

This chapter details the story behind the publication of the Correspondance complète de Rousseau by Ralph Leigh. It begins in the 1920s and the the Dufour-Plan edition of the Correspondance générale de Rousseau, which was, at least from the point of view of Rousseau studies, a publishing fiasco which from its inception cried out for remedy. It then moves on to the 1950s and the efforts of Theodore Besterman to publish a “definitive” edition of the correspondence of Rousseau, and his relationship with Leigh. Over the whole period of their dealings from the early 1960s until the death of Besterman in 1976, they exchanged recriminations about Rousseau.

Keywords:   Jean-Jacques Rousseau, publishing, Théophile Dufour, Pierre-Paul Plan, Theodore Besterman, Correspondance complète de Rousseau, Ralph Leigh

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