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|Paul et Virginie
Jacques Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre
publisher: , 1777
Paul and Virginia
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 2005 (new translation)
translation: John Donovan
refered to by:
Max Havelaar or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company
|Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre's only novel is a classic of naive love. First published in 1788 to wide acclaim, it subsequently appeared in hundreds of editions throughout the world and influenced a generation of French writers, from George Sand and Lamartine to Balzac and Flaubert. In modern times it has inspired movies such as The Blue Lagoon, major musicals, artworks, a hit song by Celine Dion and even a chain of luxury hotels|| on Mauritius! Bernardin was inspired by his friend Rousseau to tell the story of two children who grow up entirely according to nature's laws, on a paradise island, free from the corrupting influence of the world. They reach adolescence and fall in love, but tragedy strikes and both die untimely deaths. A key text in the development of the novel, Paul and Virginia is a must for anyone interested in the history of European literature.
|BOOKS BY JACQUES HENRI BERNARDIN DE SAINT-PIERRE:|
Paul and Virginia
The tragic love story of two young people, against the background of the tropical nature of Mauritius.
editor-in-chief: Stacey Knecht, email@example.com
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Het Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Design: Maurits de Bruijn
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