Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Essential

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer (1712–1778)

Geneva became a Huguenot republic and seat of Calvinism
Suzanne ordered to avoid M. Vincent Sarrasin
Isaac quarrels with English officers in Geneva
Democratic reformer Pierre Fatio protests against the ruling class.
Rousseau's baptism in the great cathedral.
Rousseau writes famous article on political economy
Rousseau was proud of his middle-class family's voting rights in Geneva
Rousseau's father enters watchmaking business and teaches dance
Birth of Rousseau; he was born almost dying.
Rousseau's mother died of puerperal fever nine days after his birth.
Rousseau's father sells house received from relatives
Rousseau's father encouraged his love of reading
Nightly reading of adventure stories from mother's collection
Rousseau and his father started reading classics
Witnessed volunteer militia dance around fountain
Rousseau's father in a legal quarrel, moves away
Rousseau sent to Turin for conversion.
Rousseau runs away from Geneva at age 15
Genevan liturgy on human depravity and sin
Rousseau supported himself as a servant, secretary, and tutor in Italy and France.
Rousseau becomes lover of de Warens
Rousseau uses inheritance to repay de Warens
Rousseau takes a tutoring job in Lyon
Rousseau presents music notation system to Académie des Sciences.
Rousseau appointed secretary to French ambassador in Venice
Travel from Paris to Italy, discovery of Italian music excellence
Rousseau quits job due to irregular pay
Rousseau's lover Thérèse Levasseur bears him a son
Rousseau wins essay competition with Discourse on the Arts and Sciences
Rousseau persuaded Thérèse to give newborns to hospital
Rousseau inquires about his son's fate, no record found
Rousseau starts contributing music articles to Encyclopédie
Rousseau visits Diderot in fortress of Vincennes
Rousseau's opera Le devin du village performed for King Louis XV
Rousseau reconverts to Calvinism, regains Genevan citizenship
Rousseau completes Discourse on Inequality
Unconsummated romance with Sophie d'Houdetot inspires novel
Arrest order issued against Rousseau, causing him to flee to Switzerland
Rousseau breaks with the Encyclopédistes and writes major works
Rousseau's novel Julie, ou la nouvelle Héloïse published
Rousseau published Du Contrat Social, Principes du droit politique
Rousseau published Emile, or On Education
Rousseau's books banned, condemned in France and Geneva
Rousseau's books banned in Geneva and elsewhere.
Hume receives an eighteen-page letter from Rousseau.
Rousseau writes to Frederick seeking protection
Jean Jacques Rousseau to receive financial support
Rousseau writes to Frederick, urging peace and happiness for subjects
James Boswell visits Rousseau at Môtiers.
Rousseau's house in Môtiers is pelted with stones.
Rousseau moves to Île de St.-Pierre
Senate of Bern orders Rousseau to leave the island
Rousseau leaves the Île de St.-Pierre and moves to Strasbourg
Rousseau left Strasbourg for Paris, lodged in a palace.
Diderot desired reconciliation with Rousseau
Grimm includes hoax letter from Frederick the Great to Rousseau.
Rousseau leaves Paris with Hume, De Luze, and Sultan.
Rousseau arrives in London with Hume.
Hume writes to Marquise de Brabantane about the hoax letter.
Hume lodged Rousseau in Madam Adams' house in London
Boswell and Thérèse consummate their relationship
Rousseau and Thérèse move to Wootton Hall.
Horace Walpole's hoax letter on Rousseau published
Voltaire published a letter critical of Rousseau's views on England.
Rousseau suspected a conspiracy to defame him.
Rousseau was concerned about Hume tampering with his mail.
Hume sends Rousseau's letter to Madame de Boufflers.
Hume's quarrel with Rousseau published in France
Hume's quarrel with Rousseau published in England
Quarrel resounds in Geneva, Amsterdam, Berlin, St. Petersburg.
Walpole prints his version of the dispute; Boswell attacks Walpole.
Mme. de La Tour's Precis calls Hume a traitor.
Voltaire sends Hume material on Rousseau's faults and crimes.
George III follows the battle with intense curiosity.
Rousseau and Thérèse embarked from Dover for Calais
Rousseau reenters France, recognized in Amiens
Rousseau moves to Prince of Conti's chateau in Trie
Theatre at Geneva was destroyed by fire.
Rousseau married Thérèse under the alias 'Renou'.
Rousseau and Thérèse moved to a farmhouse near Grenoble
Rousseau and Thérèse left for Lyon, befriended Horace Coignet
Rousseau and Thérèse left Lyon for Paris
Rousseau and Thérèse reached Paris
Rousseau writes Letters on Botany in Paris
Rousseau impresses Hume with physical prowess on ship journey.
Rousseau completes writing Confessions.
Rousseau begins group readings of Confessions.
Rousseau concludes group readings of Confessions.
Session lasted 14-15 hours; writing phenomenon described
Group readings stopped after Mme. d'Épinay's complaint.
Rousseau presents constitution recommendations for Poland-Lithuania
Rousseau begins writing Rousseau, Judge of Jean-Jacques
Rousseau completes writing Rousseau, Judge of Jean-Jacques
Rousseau suffers concussion and neurological damage from carriage accident.
Rousseau receives visit from Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II.
Rousseau moves to Ermenonville château for botany.
Rousseau was buried on Île des Peupliers
Rousseau's Confessions published posthumously.
Rousseau composes Reveries of a Solitary Walker.
Rousseau's remains moved to the Panthéon
Rousseau plays his composition at a concert.
Rousseau has a hearty meal with Girardin's family.
Rousseau dies of cerebral bleeding, possibly due to repeated falls.
False news of Rousseau's suicide spread