In 1972 Paul de Man was contracted by Viking Press to edit a collection of texts by Jean-Jacques Rousseau for their Portable readers series. Paul de Man and his wife Patricia spent the next ten years working on the translations for this volume. The collection remained incomplete at the time of Paul de Man’s death in 1983. The presentation here of The Portable Rousseau is based on extant translations by the De Mans and related editorial papers by Paul de Man.
The Portable Rousseau was digitized under the direction of Professor Martin McQuillan with a grant from the British Academy.
The Paul de Man papers are available for research in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room at the UC Irvine Libraries and are described in a finding aid in the Online Archive of California.
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