This book explores the importance of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre's principal works, notably the novel Paul et Virginie. It provides an account of the writer's significance and status in a period of French history which saw the transition from monarchy to republic and empire.
Introduction 1. The Formative Years 2. Early Adventures 3. The Exotic Colony 4. Building for the Future 5. A Publishing Sensation 6. The Reception of the Études 7. Paul et Virginie 8. Bernardin and the Revolution 9. Towards the End 10. Conclusion