Heloise. (n.d.). In YourDictionary. Retrieved from https://www.yourdictionary.com/Heloise
French scholar and religious figure who secretly married Peter Abelard, later becoming abbess of a convent he founded. Their letters to each other, discovered after their deaths, are noted for their eloquence and emotional intensity.
La Nouvelle Heloise appeared in the same year (1760), and it was immensely popular.
Julie, ou La Nouvelle Heloise, is a novel written in letters describing the loves of a man of low position and a girl of rank, her subsequent marriage to a respectable freethinker of her own station, the mental agonies of her lover, and the partial appeasing of the distresses of the lovers by the influence of noble sentiment and the good offices of a philanthropic Englishman.
The Contrat social was obviously anti-monarchic; the Nouvelle Heloise was said to be immoral; the sentimental deism of the "Profession du vicaire Savoyard" in Emile irritated equally the philosophe party and the church.
Rousseau, who was jealously sparing of his praises, addressed to him, in his Nouvelle Heloise, a fine panegyric; and when a stranger flatteringly told Voltaire he had come to see a great man, the philosopher asked him if he had seen Abauzit.