Rousseau thought the ‘disenchanted’ world of wordsmiths a crude perversion of literature, and himself abandoned creative writing for music copying in middle life. He celebrated homo faber’s integrity along with the practicality and usefulness of manual work in the face of depersonalizing technological advance, yet the writings in which he extolled these virtues won him persecution as well as European celebrity. The paradox of craft's material essence in a world of abhorrent materialism and the problematic mechanization of ordinary existence exercised him throughout his life. Rousseau's Hand explores these preoccupations.
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