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Évariste de Parny (1753–1814)

Parny, Évariste Désiré Desforges, Viscomte de (pär-nē’). A French poet; born in the Isle of Bourbon, Feb. 6, 1753; died at Paris, Dec. 5, 1814. He won celebrity through his volume of ‘Erotic Poems,’ which first appeared in incomplete form 1778, completed 1781: Voltaire saluted him, “My dear Tibullus.” In 1799 he published ‘The War of the Gods,’ afterward enlarged and named ‘The Christianid’: it is a cynical and impious attack upon all religions. He published (1805) ‘The Stolen Portfolio,’ containing ‘Venus’s Disguises,’ ‘Gallantries of the Bible,’ ‘Paradise Lost.’