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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778).
Julie, ou La Nouvelle Héloïse
Autograph manuscript, 1759–60. In 2 volumes, 19 cm
The manuscript that Rousseau copied for his printer and the one from which the original edition was printed in 1761
The Dannie and Hettie Heineman Collection, gift of the Heineman Foundation, 1977; MA 6711
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Julie, her former lover, and her husband savor the noble sentiments of pure love while relishing the simple pleasures of life on a country estate, the idyllic setting of this best-selling epistolary novel Julie, or the New Heloise. Not for them the brittle chatter, amorous intrigues, and enervating passions of townspeople corrupted by modern society. This letter describes Julie's garden, formerly a scraggly orchard but transformed by her modest efforts into an "artificial wilderness" resplendent with aromatic herbs, wild flowers, hanging vines, and winding paths cleverly designed to seem longer than they really were.

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