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Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Jacques Henri

Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Jacques Henri zhäk äNrē´ bĕrnärdăN´ də săN–pyĕr´ [key], 1737–1814, French naturalist and author. He was a friend of Rousseau, by whom he was strongly influenced. His chief work, Études de la nature (1784), sought to prove the existence of God from the wonders of nature it is rich in descriptive passages, and it added specific color terms and plant names to the French language. A section of this was the sentimental prose idyll Paul et Virginie (1788), which attained immense vogue and influenced the French romanticists.

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