He began his career as a civil engineer and spent time in the French army. He then traveled extensively in Europe before landing a position in Mauritius where he found the backdrop for his most famous work, Paul and Virgina (1787). On his return to France, he became the superintendent of the Royal Botanical Gardens, but lost this post temporarily during the French Revolution. He was elected to the Institut de France in 1795 and to the Academie Francaise in 1803. His other works include L'Arcadie (1781), Etudes de la Nature (1784), Le Cafe de Surate (1790), De la nature de la morale (1798), Voyage en Silesie (1807) and Harmonies de la Nature (1815 Posthumous).
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