Émile

[ French ey-meel ]
/ French eɪˈmil /

noun

a didactic novel (1762) by J. J. Rousseau, dealing principally with the author's theories of education.

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Émile
[ (ay-meel) (1762) ]

A work on education by Jean Jacques Rousseau, describing how a fictional boy, Émile, should be brought up. The book had an enormous influence on education during the age of romanticism and afterward.

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