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Pierre-Joseph Bernard (1710–1775)

Gentil-Bernard, Pierre Joseph Bernard (called zho-tēl’ or zho-tē’bār-när’). A French poet and dramatist; born in Grenoble, Aug. 26, 1710; died at Choisy-le-Roi (?), Nov. 1, 1775. He became immensely fashionable in all the salons in 1737, when his ‘Castor and Pollux’ appeared, with music by Rameau. Voltaire wrote him a letter of appreciation comparing him with Ovid, and bestowing the title of “Gentil-Bernard” upon him. ‘The Art of Love,’ another of his works, is, like all his productions, highly erotic.