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Jean Jacques Rousseau was a very famous french philosopher He wrote many popular stories and operas during his life He was a very smart man who was born into a disturbed familyJean Jacques Rousseau was born in Geneva on June 28th in 1712 Rousseaus mother died while giving birth to him His father was a very violent tempered man and he paid little attention to Jeans training His father would eventually desert him The fact that his father deserted him gave Jean a passion for reading Rousseau developed a special fondness for Plutarchs Lives In 1728 when he was 16 Jean was first apprenticed to a notary and then to a coppersmith Rousseau couldnt stand the rigid discipline so he ran away After a few days of wandering he fell in with Roman Catholic priests at Consignon in Savoy who turned him over to Madame de Warens at Annecy She sent him to an educational institution at Turin Rousseau was charged with theft and began to wander again In 1730 he was at Chambery he lived with Madame de Warens again In her household he spent eight years diverting himself in the enjoyment of nature the study of music the reading of the English German and French philosophers and chemistry pursuing the study of mathematics and Latin and enjoying the playhouse and operaOver the next few months Jean spent his time at Venice as secretary of the French ambassador Comte de Montaignu Up to this time when he was thirty-nine his life could be described as subterranean He then returned to Paris where his opera Les Muses Galantes failed copied music and was secretary of Madame Dupin It was here that he became a contributor to the Encyclopedie His gifts of entertainment reckless manner and boundless vanity attracted attention In 1752 his operetta Devin du village was met with great success His second sensational writing assured him of fame It was called Discours sur lorigine
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