Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre

JACQUES-HENRI BERNARDIN DE SAINT-PIERRE (1737–1815) was born in Le Havre, France. When Paul and Virginia was published in 1788 he was already well known as a natural historian, but his first novel catapulted him to stardom.

In 1792 he was made Superintendent of the Royal Botanical Gardens and later became Professor of Moral Science at the École Normale Supérieure. By the time of his death in 1815, he was President of the French Academy.

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