Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre


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French natural philosopher and novelist, a friend and follower of Rousseau of whom he left an account in La Vie et les ouvrages de Jean‐Jacques Rousseau (1820). He is author of the immensely influential and much translated Paul et Virginie (1788), a pastoral romance set on a tropical island, describing the idyllic childhood and upbringing of two French children. It ends tragically: Virginie drowns and Paul dies of grief. Saint‐Pierre was a follower of Rousseau and his works offer a French version of primitivism.

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