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  1. Plaque on the house where Rousseau was born
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  • 1. Plaque on the house where Rousseau was born - Geneva
      1. Plaque on the house where Rousseau was born
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  • 2. Madame de Warens (1699-1762) - Geneva
      2. Madame de Warens (1699-1762)
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  • 3. His book Émile . . . - Geneva
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  • 4. What other famous authors said about Rousseau - Geneva
      4. What other famous authors said about Rousseau
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I remember as a student sometimes feeling intimidated by Rousseau, because his influence seemed to be everywhere. No matter what other authors I was reading, they all seemed to have been shaped by Rousseau in one way or another, and that was what examiners were interested in particularly. Sometimes I thought I should just drop everything else and read all of Rousseau's books, which I never did, but in Geneva half a century later I did the next best thing by checking out the audio guide at the Espace Rousseau and getting a lucid 25-minute introduction to Rousseau's life and work.

The audio guides are available in seven languages, French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. I took the French one, since I hadn't come all the way to Geneva just to be yapped at in English or German.

The Espace is open every day except Mondays, from 11 am to 5:30 pm (last visit at 5 pm). The entrance fee is five Swiss Francs for adults, but only three for children, students, pensioners and groups of four or more people.


1. Plaque on the house where Rousseau was born, on the Grand?Rue in the Old Town of Geneva.

2. In the Espace Rousseau, part of the display on Rousseau's life. Madame de Warens (1699-1762) was Rousseau's benefactor when he was in his teens, and his mistress and educator when he was in his twenties.

3. Rousseau's book Émile, ou De l?éducation was first published in 1762.

4. A compendium of what other famous authors (Goethe, Byron, Tolstoy, . . .) had to say about Rousseau, in their original languages.

Related page:
Rousseau and Grétry in Montmorency, France.

Address: 40, Grand?Rue, 1211 Genève
Directions: GPS 46°12'4.93" North; 6° 8'47.58" East
Phone: +41 22 310 10 28
Website: http://www.espace-rousseau.ch/e/jean-jacques-rousseau.asp

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  • Updated Jul 25, 2015
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