List of French language authors


List of French language authors

Chronological list of French language authors (regardless of nationality), by date of birth. For an alphabetical list of writers of French nationality (broken down by genre), see .

Middle Ages

* Turold (eleventh century)
* Wace (1110 – c.1180)
* Chrétien de Troyes (c.1135 – c.1183)
* Richard the Lionheart (Richard Coeur de Lion) (1157–1199)
* Benoît de Sainte-Maure (twelfth century)
* Le Châtelain de Couci (d.1203)
* Jean Bodel (12th century – c.1210)
* Conon de Béthune (c.1150–1220)
* Geoffroi de Villehardouin (c.1160 – c.1213)
* Béroul (c.1170)
* Thomas d'Angleterre (c.1170)
* Gace Brulé (c.1170)
* Marie de France (c.1175)
* Gautier de Coincy (1177/8–1236)
* Gautier de Dargies (c.1170–after 1236)
* Gautier d’Espinal († before July 1272)
* Gillebert de Berneville (fl c.1255)
* Gontier de Soignies (fl c.1180–1220)
* Guiot de Dijon (fl c.1200–30)
* Perrin d’Angicourt (fl c.'1245–50)
* Philippe de Rémi (c.1205–c1265)
* Philippe de Beaumanoir (c.1247–c1296)
* Raoul de Soissons (c.1215–1272)
* Richard de Fournival (1201– c.1260)
* Andrieu Contredit d’Arras († c.1248)
* Jehan le Cuvelier d’Arras (fl c.1240–70)
* Guillaume le Vinier (fl c.1220–45; †1245)
* Audefroi le Bâtard (fl c.1200–1230)
* Jehan Bretel (c.1200–1272)
* Jehan Erart († c.1259)
* Moniot d'Arras (fl c.1250–75)
* Robert de Clari (late twelfth century)
* Blondel de Nesle (late twelfth century)
* Robert de Boron (twelfth–thirteenth century)
* Guiot de Provins (d. After 1208)
* Bertrand de Bar-sur-Aube (late twelfth-early thirteenth)
* Guillaume de Lorris (c.1200 – c.1238)
* Theobald IV of Champagne (1201–1253)
* Jean de Joinville ( c.1224 – c.1317)
* Rutebeuf (c.1230 – c.1285)
* Adam de la Halle (c.1250 – c.1285)
* Jean de Meung or Jean de Meun (1250 – c.1305) or Jean Clopinel or Chopinel
* Jacques Bretel (c. 1285 – c. 1310)
* Jean Le Bel (c.1290–1370)
* Colin Muset (end of thirteenth century)
* Guillaume de Machaut ( c.1300 – c.1377)
* Nicole Oresme (1325–1382)
* Philippe de Mézières (c.1327–1405)
* Jean Froissart (1333 – c.1404)
* Eustache Deschamps (c.1346 – c.1407)
* Jean Charlier called Gerson (1363–1429
* Christine de Pisan (1364–1430)
* Alain Chartier (c.1385 – c.1435)
* Jean Juvénal des Ursins (1388–1473)
* Antoine de la Sale (1388 – c.1469)
* Enguerrand de Monstrelet (c.1390 – c.1453)
* Charles, duc d'Orléans (1394–1465)

Fifteenth century

* Martin Le Franc (c.1410–1461)
* Eustache Marcadé (1414–1440)
* Georges Chastellain (1415–1475)
* Arnoul Gréban (c.1420 – c.1470)
* Olivier de la Marche (1425–1502)
* Martial d'Auvergne ( c.1430–1508)
* François Villon (c.1431–after 1463)
* Jean Michel (c.1435–1501)
* Jean Molinet (1435–1507)
* Philippe de Commines (1445–1511)
* Jean Marot (1450–1526)
* Lefèvre d'Etaples (1455–1537)
* Guillaume Crétin (Guillaume Dubois) (1460–1525)
* Octavien de Saint-Gelais (1468–1505)
* Guillaume Budé (1468–1540)
* Jean Meschinot (active from 1450–1490)
* Guillaume Alexis (active from 1450–1490)
* Jacques Millet (active from 1450–1466)
* Henri Baude (active from 1460–1495)
* Jean Castel (active from 1460–1480)
* Jean Robertet (active from 1460–1500)
* Roger de Collerye (1470–1538)
* Jean Lemaire de Belges (1473 – c.1525)
* Pierre Gringore or Gringoire (c.1475–1538/1539)
* Jean Bouchet (1476 – c.1558)
* François Rabelais (c.1483–1553)
* Aliénor de Poitiers (fl.1484)
* Mellin de Saint-Gelais (c.1491–1558)
* Marguerite de Navarre (c.1492–1549)
* Clément Marot (c.1496–1544)
* André de La Vigne (active from 1485–1515)
* Jean d'Auton (active from 1499–1528)

ixteenth century

1500 - 1549

* Bonaventure des Périers (c.1500–1544)
* Maurice Scève (c.1505 – c.1562)
* Michel de l'Hospital (1505–1573)
* Étienne Dolet (1509–1546)
* Jean Calvin (1509–1564)
* De Cholières, sieur (sometimes listed as Nicolas de Cholières) (1509–1592)
* Hélisenne de Crenne (Marguerite Briet de Crenne) (c.1510–after 1552)
* Pierre Viret (1511–1571)
* Thomas Sébillet (c.1512–1589)
* Jacques Amyot (1513–1593)
* Louis des Masures (c.1515–1574)
* Guillaume Bouchet (1515–1594)
* Jacques Peletier du Mans (1517–1582)
* Théodore de Bèze (1519–1605)
* Noël du Fail (1520–1591)
* Pernette Du Guillet (c.1520–1545)
* Jacques Yver (1520–1570)
* Gilles de Gouberville (1521–1578)
* Pontus de Tyard or de Thiard (1521–1605)
* Joachim du Bellay (1522–1560)
* Pierre de Ronsard (1524–1585)
* Pierre Boaistuau (?–1566)
* Louise Labé (c.1526 – c.1565)
* Jacques Tahureau (1527–1555)
* Remy Belleau (1528–1577)
* Etienne Pasquier (1529–1615)
* Étienne de La Boétie (1530–1563)
* Claude Fauchet (1530–1601)
* Jean Bodin (1530–1596)
* François de Belleforest (1530–1583)
* Henri Estienne (1531–1598)
* Jean Antoine de Baïf (1532–1589)
* Étienne Jodelle (1532–1573)
* Michel de Montaigne (Michel Eyquem, seigneur de Montaigne) (1533–1592)
* Jean de la Taille (c.1533/1540 – c.1617)
* Robert Garnier (1534–1590)
* Nicolas Rapin (1535–1608)
* Jacques Grévin (1538–1570)
* Olivier de Serres (1539–1619)
* Pierre Pithou (1539–1596)
* Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur de Brantôme (1540–1614)
* Pierre de Larivey (1540–1619)
* Florent Chrestien (1540–1596)
* Pierre Charron (1541–1603)
* Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas (1544–1590)
* Antoine du Verdier (1544–1600)
* Pierre Joulet, sieur de Chastillon (1545–1621)
* Philippe Desportes (1546–1606)
* Pierre de L'Estoile (1546–1611)
* Gabrielle Chappuys (1546? – c.1613)
* Jean de La Ceppède (1548–1623)
* Etienne Tabourot des Accords (1549–1590)
* Philippe Duplessis-Mornay (Philippe de Mornay, called Duplessis-Mornay) (1549–1623)

1550 - 1599

* Benigne Poissenot (c.1550–?)
* François d'Amboise (1550–1619)
* Odet de Turnèbe (1552–1581)
* Jean Bertaut (1552–1611)
* Théodore Agrippa d'Aubigné (1552–1630)
* François de Malherbe (1552–1630)
* Marc de Papillon a/k/a "Capitaine Lasphrise" (1555–1599)
* Jacques Davy Du Perron (1556–1618)
* François Béroalde de Verville (1556–1626)
* Guillaume du Vair (1556–1621)
* Jean de Sponde (1557–1595)
* Maximilien de Béthune, baron de Rosny, duc de Sully (1560–1641)
* Alexandre Hardy (1560/1570 – c.1632)
* Nicolas de Montreux (1561–1608)
* Pierre Matthieu (1563–1621)
* Eustache de Refuge, seigneur de Précy et de Courcelles (1564–1617)
* Saint François de Sales (1567–1622)
* Honoré d'Urfé (1567–1625)
* Antoine de Nervèze (c.1570–after 1622)
* Nicolas des Escuteaux (after 1570 – c.1628)
* François du Souhait (between 1570 & 1580–1617)
* Jean-Baptiste Chassignet (1570–1635)
* Jean Ogier de Gombaud (1570–1666)
* Mathurin Régnier (1573–1613)
* Antoine de Montchrestien (c.1575–1621)
* Henri, duc de Rohan (1579–1638)
* Saint Vincent de Paul (1580 – 1660}
* Jean Duvergier de Hauranne, abbé de Saint-Cyran (1581–1643)
* François Maynard (1582–1646)
* Jean-Pierre Camus (1584–1652)
* Jean de Schelandre (c.1585–1635)
* François de La Mothe-Le-Vayer (1588–1672)
* Honorat de Bueil, seigneur de Racan (1589–1670)
* Théophile de Viau (1590–1626)
* François le Métel de Boisrobert (1592–1662)
* Antoine Gérard de Saint-Amant (1594–1661)
* Jean Chapelain (1595–1674)
* Jean Desmarets de Saint-Sorlin (1595–1676)
* René Descartes (1596–1650)
* Claude de Malleville (1597–1647)
* Vincent Voiture (1597–1648)
* Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac (1597–1684)

eventeenth century

1600 - 1649

* Marin le Roy de Gomberville (1600–1674)
* Georges de Scudéry (1601–1667)
* Tristan L'Hermite (1601–1655)
* Guy Patin (1601–1672)
* Charles Sorel (1602–1674)
* Le Père Le Moyne (1602–1671)
* Charles Cotin (1604–1682)
* Jean Mairet (1604–1686)
* François Hédelin, abbé d'Aubignac (1604–1676)
* Pierre du Ryer (1605–1658)
* Charles Coypeau d'Assoucy (1605–1675)
* Jean François Sarrazin (1605–1654)
* Pierre Corneille (1606–1684)
* Antoine Gombaud, chevalier de Méré (1607–1685)
* Madeleine de Scudéry (1607–1701)
* Jean Rotrou (1609–1650)
* Paul Scarron (1610–1660)
* François-Eudes de Mézeray (1610–1683)
* Charles de Saint-Evremond (c.1610–1703)
* Antoine Arnauld (1612–1694)
* Isaac de Benserade (1612–1691)
* Jean François Paul de Gondi, cardinal de Retz (1613–1679)
* François de la Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)
* Gauthier de Costes, seigneur de la Calprenède (1614–1663)
* Georges de Brébeuf (1618–1661)
* Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy, called Bussy-Rabutin (1618–1693)
* Cyrano de Bergerac (Hector-Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac) (1619–1655)
* Antoine Furetière (1619–1688)
* Gédéon Tallemant des Réaux (1619–1692)
* Jean de La Fontaine (1621–1695)
* Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) (1622–1673)
* Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)
* Jean Renaud de Segrais (1624–1701)
* Paul Pellisson (1624–1693)
* Thomas Corneille (1625–1709)
* Samuel Chappuzeau (1625–1701)
* Madame de Sévigné (Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné) (1626–1696)
* Laurent Drelincourt (1626–1680)
* Jacques Bénigne Bossuet (1627–1704)
* Gabriel-Joseph de La Vergne, comte de Guilleragues (1628–1685)
* Charles Perrault (1628–1703)
* Pierre Daniel Huet (1630–1721)
* Louis Bourdaloue (1632–1704)
* Esprit Fléchier (1632–1710)
* Jacques Pradon (1632–1698)
* Madame de Villedieu (Marie-Catherine-Hortence Desjardins, marquise de Villedieu) (1632–1683)
* Madame de Lafayette (Marie-Madeleine, comtesse de La Fayette) (1634–1693)
* Pierre Thomas, sieur du Fossé (1634–1698)
* Philippe Quinault (1635–1688)
* Adrien Thomas Perdou de Subligny (1636–1696)
* Nicolas Boileau (1636–1711)
* Edmé Boursault (1638–1701)
* Antoinette du Ligier de la Garde Deshoulières (1638–1694)
* Nicolas Malebranche (1638–1715)
* Jean Donneau de Visé (1638–1710)
* Philippe de Courcillon, marquis de Dangeau (1638–1720)
* Guillaume Amfrye de Chaulieu (1639–1720)
* César Vichard de Saint-Réal (1639–1692)
* Jean Racine (1639–1699)
* Claude de Fleury (1640–1723)
* Louis Moréri (1643–1680)
* Gatien de Courtilz de Sandras (1644–1712)
* Anne de La Roche-Guilhen (1644–1707)
* Jean de La Bruyère (1645–1696)
* Pierre Le Pesant, sieur de Boisguilbert ( c.1646–1714)
* Antoine Galland (1646–1715)
* Pierre Bayle (1647–1706)
* Charles Dufresny (1648–1724)

1650 - 1699

* Madame d'Aulnoy (Marie-Catherine le Jumelle de Barneville, Baronne d'Aulnoy) (1650/1651–1705)
* François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon (1651–1715)
* Charlotte-Rose de Caumont La Force (Mademoiselle de La Force) (1654–1724)
* Jean-François Regnard (1655–1709)
* Jean Galbert de Campistron (1656–1723)
* Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle (1657–1757)
* Henri de Boulainvilliers (1658–1712)
* Charles Rollin (1661–1741)
* Florent Carton Dancourt (1661–1725)
* Alain-René Lesage (1668–1747)
* Jean-Baptiste Rousseau (1670–1741)
* Jean-Baptiste Dubos (1670–1742)
* Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon (Crébillon père) (1674–1762)
* Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon (1675–1755)
* Philippe Néricault Destouches (1680–1754)
* Claudine Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin (Madame de Tencin) (1681–1749)
* Marivaux (Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux) (1688–1763)
* Alexis Piron (1689–1773)
* Montesquieu (Charles Louis de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu) (1689–1755)
* Louis Petit de Bachaumont (1690–1771)
* Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) (1694–1778)
* René-Louis de Voyer de Paulmy, marquis d' Argenson (1694–1757)
* Françoise de Graffigny (1695–1758)
* Antoine François Prévost (Antoine Francois Prevost d'Exiles) a/k/a Abbé Prévost (1697–1763)
* Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand (1697–1780)

Eighteenth century

1700 - 1749

* Charles Pinot Duclos (1704–1772)
* Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon (Crébillon, fils) (1707–1777)
* Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon) (1707–1788)
* Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709–1751)
* Gabriel Bonnot de Mably (1709–1785)
* Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset (1709–1777)
* Jean-Jacques Lefranc, marquis de Pompignan (1709–1784)
* Charles-Simon Favart (1710–1792)
* Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778)
* Denis Diderot (1713–1784)
* Étienne Bonnot de Condillac (1714–1780)
* Marie Jeanne Riccoboni (Madame Riccoboni) (1714–1792)
* Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715–1771)
* Vauvenargues (Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues) (1715–1747)
* Jean-François de Saint-Lambert (1716–1803)
* Louis Carrogis Carmontelle (1717–1806
* Jean Le Rond d'Alembert (1717–1783)
* Michel-Jean Sedaine (1719–1797)
* Jacques Cazotte (1720–1792)
* Tiphaigne de la Roche (Charles-François Tiphaigne de la Roche) (1722–1774)
* Baron d'Holbach (Paul Henri Dietrich, baron d'Holbach) (1723–1789)
* Jean-François Marmontel (1723–1799)
* Casanova a/k/a Jacques Casanova de Seingalt (1725–1798)
* Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, Baron de Laune (1727–1781)
* Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732–1799)
* Jacques Charles Louis de Clinchamp de Malfilâtre (1733–1767)
* Nicolas Edme Restif de La Bretonne (1734–1806)
* Charles Joseph, Prince de Ligne (1735–1814)
* Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (1737–1814)
* Jacques Delille (1738–1813)
* Jean-François de la Harpe (1739–1803)
* Marquis de Sade (Donatien Alphonse François de Sade) (1740–1814)
* Isabelle de Charrière a/k/a Belle de Zuylen (1740–1805)
* Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos (1741–1803)
* Condorcet (Marie Jean Antoine Caritat, marquis de Condorcet) (1744–1794)
* Gabriel Brizard (c1744–1793)
* Jean Antoine Roucher (1745–1794)
* Jean-Sifrein Maury (Abbé Maury) (1746–1817)
* Joseph-Alexandre-Victor Hupay de Fuveau (1746–1818)
* Stéphanie Félicité Ducrest de St-Albin, comtesse de Genlis (Madame de Genlis) (1746–1830)
* Armand Louis de Gontaut, duc de Biron, duc de Lauzun (1747–1793)
* Olympe de Gouges (1748–1793)
* Pierre-Louis Ginguené (1748–1815)
* Honoré-Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (1749–1791)

1750 - 1799

* Nicolas Joseph Laurent Gilbert (1751–1780)
* Évariste de Forges de Parny (1753–1814)
* Joseph de Maistre (1753–1821)
* Joseph Joubert (1754–1824)
* Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian (1754–1794)
* Jacques Pierre Brissot a/k/a Jean-Pierre Brissot (1754–1793)
* Charles Maurice de Talleyrand (1754–1838)
* Constantin François de Chasseboeuf, Comte de Volney (1757–1820)
* Adelaide Filleul, Marquise de Souza-Botelho (Madame de Souza) (1761–1836)
* André Chénier (1762–1794)
* Louis-Charles Caigniez (1762–1842)
* Joseph Chénier (1764–1811)
* Barbara Juliana, Baroness von Krüdener (Madame de Krüdener) (1764–1824)
* Madame de Staël (1766–1817)
* Las Cases (Emmanuel-Augustin-Dieudonné, comte de Las Cases) (1766–1842)
* Benjamin Constant (Benjamin Constant de Rebecque) (1767–1830)
* Joseph Fiévée (1767–1839)
* François-René de Chateaubriand (1768–1848)
* Étienne Pivert de Senancour (1770–1846)
* Paul Louis Courier de Méré (1772–1825)
* René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt (1773–1844)
* Sophie Ristaud Cottin (Madame Cottin) (1773–1807)
* Eugène François Vidocq (1775–1857)
* Claire de Duras (Madame de Duras) (1777–1828)
* Charles Nodier (1780–1844)
* Pierre-Jean de Béranger (1780–1857)
* Félicité Robert de Lamennais (1782–1854)
* Amable Guillaume Prosper Brugière, baron de Barante (1782–1866)
* Victor Henri-Joseph Brahain Ducange (1783–1833)
* Stendhal (Henri Beyle) (1783–1842), (The Red and the Black, 1830)
* Pierre-Antoine Lebrun (1785–1873)
* Marceline Desbordes-Valmore (1786–1859)
* Alphonse Rabbe (1786–1829)
* Théodore Leclercq (1787–1851)
* François Guizot (1787–1874)
* Alexandre Guiraud (1788–1847)
* Alphonse de Lamartine (1790–1869)
* Charles Paul de Kock (1793–1871)
* Casimir Delavigne (Jean-François Casimir Delavigne) (1793–1843)
* Augustin Thierry (1795–1856)
* Adolphe Thiers (1797–1877)
* Alfred de Vigny (1797–1863)
* Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863)
* Jules Michelet (1798–1874)
* Auguste Comte (1798–1857)
* Sophie Rostopchine, Comtesse de Ségur (1799–1874)
* Henri-Bonaventure Monnier (1799–1877)
* Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850)

Nineteenth century

1800 - 1824

* Claude Tillier (1801–1844)
* Victor Hugo (1802–1885), ("Les Misérables", 1862)
* Alexandre Dumas, père (1802–1870)
* Prosper Mérimée (1803–1870)
* Edgar Quinet (1803–1875)
* Eugène Sue (1804–1857)
* Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804–1869)
* Jules Janin (1804–1874)
* George Sand (Amandine-Lucie-Aurore Dupin, baronne Dudevant) (1804–1876)
* Alexis Henri Charles de Clérel, vicomte de Tocqueville (1805–1859)
* Anicet Bourgeois (1806–1871
* Emile de Girardin (1806–1881)
* Désiré Nisard (1806–1888)
* Émile Souvestre (1806–1854)
* Aloysius Bertrand (1807–1841)
* Gérard de Nerval (Gérard Labrunie) (1808–1855)
* Jules-Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly (1808–1889)
* Petrus Borel (1809–1859)
* Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809–1865)
* Xavier Forneret (1809–1884)
* Hégésippe Moreau (1810–1838)
* Maurice de Guérin (1810–1839)
* Alfred de Musset (1810–1857)
* Joseph Bouchardy (1810–1870)
* Théophile Gautier (1811–1872)
* Adolphe-Philippe d'Ennery (1811–1889)
* Victor de Laprade (1812–1883)
* Eugène Labiche (1815–1888)
* Joseph Arthur, comte Gobineau (1816–1882)
* Victor Séjour (1817–1874)
* Paul Féval, père (1817–1887)
* Pierre Zaccone (1817–1895)
* Charles-Marie Leconte de Lisle (1818–1894)
* Eugène Fromentin (1820–1876)
* Émile Augier (1820–1889)
* Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867), ("Les Fleurs du mal", 1857)
* Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880), (Madame Bovary, 1857)
* Octave Feuillet (1821–1890)
* Jules-François-Félix Husson a/k/a Champfleury (1821–1889)
* Edmond de Goncourt (1822–1896)
* Erckmann-Chatrian (Emile Erckmann & Alexandre Chatrian) (1822–1899 & 1826–1890)
* Louis-Nicolas Ménard (1822–1901)
* Théodore de Banville (1823–1891)
* Ernest Renan (1823–1892)
* Alexandre Dumas, fils (1824–1895)

1825 - 1849

* Charles De Coster (1827–1879)
* Eugène Chavette (1827–1902)
* Edmond About (1828–1885)
* Hyppolyte Taine (1828–1893)
* Jules Verne (1828–1905)
* Zénaïde Fleuriot (1829–1890)
* Numa-Denis Fustel de Coulanges (1830–1889)
* Jules de Goncourt (1830–1870)
* Hector Malot (1830–1907)
* Henri Rochefort (1830–1913)
* Raoul de Naverry (1831–1885)
* Henri Meilhac (1831–1897)
* Victorien Sardou (1831–1908)
* Émile Gaboriau (1832–1873)
* Jules Vallès (1832–1885)
* G. Bruno (Augustine Tuillerie) (1833–1923)
* Edouard Pailleron (1834–1899)
* Ludovic Halévy (1834–1908)
* Jean-Marie Déguignet (1834–1905)
* Henry Becque (1837–1899)
* Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (1838–1889)
* Sully Prudhomme (1839–1907)
* Jules Lermina (1839–1913)
* Alphonse Daudet (1840–1897)
* Emile Zola (1840–1902)
* Arvède Barine (1840–1908)
* Jules Claretie (1840–1913)
* Catulle Mendès (1841–1909)
* Charles Cros (1842–1888)
* Stéphane Mallarmé (1842–1898)
* José María de Heredia (1842–1905)
* François Coppée (1842–1908)
* Paul Arène (1843–1896)
* Paul Verlaine (1844–1896)
* Anatole France (Anatole François Thibault) (1844–1924)
* Tristan Corbière (Edouard-Joachim) (1845–1875)
* Comte de Lautréamont (Isidore Lucien Ducasse) (1846–1870)
* Léon Bloy (1846–1917)
* Emile Faguet (1847–1916)
* Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848–1907)
* George de Peyrebrune (1848–1917)
* Ferdinand Brunetière (1849–1906)
* Jean Richepin (1849–1926)
* Georges de Porto-Riche (1849–1930)

1850 - 1859

* Guy de Maupassant (1850–1893)
* Octave Mirbeau (1850–1917)
* Pierre Loti (Julien Viaud) (1850–1923)
* Gyp (1850–1932)
* Germain Nouveau (1851–1920)
* Élémir Bourges (1852–1925)
* Paul Bourget (1852–1935)
* Alfred Masson-Forestier 1852–1912
* Maurice Rollinat (1853–1903)
* Arthur Rimbaud (1854–1891), Une Saison en Enfer
* Alphonse Allais (1854–1905)
* Laurent Tailhade (1854–1919)
* Georges Rodenbach (1855–1898)
* Emile Verhaeren (1855–1916)
* Jean Lorrain (1855–1906)
* Jean Moréas (Jean Papadiamantopoulos) (1856–1910)
* Pierre Decourcelle (1856–1926)
* Gustave Lanson (1857–1934)
* Albert Samain (1858–1900)
* Jules Lemaitre (1858–1915)
* Remy de Gourmont (1858–1915)
* Émile Durkheim (1858–1917)
* Alfred Capus (1858–1922)
* Georges Courteline (Georges Moineaux) (1858–1929)
* Neel Doff (1858–1942)
* Anatole Le Braz (1859–1926)
* Gustave Kahn (1859–1936)
* Henri Bergson (1859–1941)

1860 - 1869

* Jules Laforgue (1860–1887)
* Paul Margueritte (1860–1918)
* Michel Zévaco (1860–1918)
* Paul Roux a/k/a Saint-Pol-Roux le Magnifique (1861–1940)
* Paul Adam (1862–1920)
* Georges Darien (1862–1921)
* Georges Feydeau (1862–1921)
* Maurice Barrès (1862–1923)
* René Ghil (1862–1925)
* Max Elskamp (1862–1931)
* Maurice Maeterlinck (1862–1949)
* Stuart Merrill (1863–1915)
* Marguerite Audoux (1863–1937)
* Jules Renard (1864–1910)
* Henri de Régnier (1864–1936)
* Maurice Leblanc (1864–1941)
* Romain Rolland (1866–1944)
* Tristan Bernard (1866–1947)
* René Boylesve (René Tardivaux) (1867–1926
* Jehan Rictus (Gabriel Randon) (1867–1933)
* Léon Daudet (1867–1942)
* Marcel Schwob (1867–1905)
* Paul-Jean Toulet (1867–1920)
* Patrice Contamine a/k/a J.P. Contamine de Latour a/k/a Lord Cheminot (1867–1926)
* Edmond Rostand (1868–1918)
* Gaston Leroux (1868–1927), ("The Phantom of the Opera", "Le Mystère de la chambre jaune")
* Francis Jammes (1868–1938)
* Emile Auguste Chartier a/k/a "Alain" (1868–1951)
* Paul Claudel (1868–1955)
* André Spire (1868–1966)
* Emile Bodin (1869–1923)
* Gaston Arman de Caillavet (1869–1915)
* André Gide (1869–1951)

1870 - 1879

* Marcelle Tinayre (1870–1948)
* Henri Bordeaux (1870–1963)
* Octave Mirbeau (1870–1917)
* Pierre Louÿs (Pierre Louis) (1870–1925)
* Jacques Boulenger (1870–1944)
* Marcel Proust (1871–1922), "In Search of Lost Time"
* Paul Valéry (1871–1945)
* Henry Bataille (1872–1922)
* Robert de Flers (1872–1927)
* Louis Mandin (1872–1944)
* Paul Fort (1872–1960)
* Alfred Jarry (1873–1907)
* Charles Péguy (1873–1914)
* Henri Barbusse (1873–1935)
* François Paul Alibert (1873–1953)
* Colette (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette) (1873–1954)
* Pierre Souvestre (1874–1914)
* Albert Thibaudet (1874–1936)
* Tristan Klingsor (1874–1966)
* Marc Leclerc (1874–1946)
* Henry J.-M. Levet (1874–1906)
* André Baillon (1875–1932)
* Anne de Noailles (Anne de Brancovan, comtesse de Noailles) (1876–1933)
* Max Jacob (1876–1944)
* Léon-Paul Fargue (1876–1947)
* Pierre Albert-Birot (1876–1967)
* Alphonse de Brédenbec de Châteaubriant (1877–1951)
* Raymond Roussel (1877–1933)
* Oscar Venceslas de Lubicz-Milosz (1877–1939)
* Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, dit C.F. Ramuz (1878–1947)
* Victor Segalen (1878–1919)
* Henry de Monfreid (1879–1974)
* André Mary (1879–1962)
* Francis Picabia (1879–1953)

1880 - 1889

* Louis Hémon (1880–1913)
* Guillaume Apollinaire (Wilhelm Apollinaris de Kostrowitzky) (1880–1918)
* Lucie Delarue-Mardrus (1880–1945)
* Francis de Miomandre (Francis Durand) (1880–1959)
* Valery Larbaud (1881–1957)
* Roger Martin du Gard (1881–1958)
* André Salmon (1881–1969)
* Jérôme Carcopino (1881–1970)
* Louis Pergaud (1882–1915)
* Jean Giraudoux (1882–1944)
* André Billy (1882–1971)
* Pierre MacOrlan (Pierre Dumarchais) (1883–1970)
* Marie Noël (1883–1933)
* Jules Supervielle (1884–1960
* Gaston Bachelard (1884–1962)
* Georges Duhamel (1884–1966)
* Jacques Chardonne (Jacques Boutelleau) (1884–1968)
* Jean Paulhan (1884–1968)
* Denis Amiel (1884–1977)
* Alexandre Arnoux (1884–1973)
* Georges Ribement-Dessaignes (1884–1974)
* Sacha Guitry (1885–1957)
* André Maurois (Emile Herzog) (1885–1967)
* Fernand Crommelynck (1885–1970)
* Jules Romains (Jules-Louis de Farigoule) (1885–1972)
* Marthe Bibesco (1885–1973)
* Jean Pellerin (1885–1921)
* Alain-Fournier (Henri Fournier) (1886–1914)
* Francis Carco (François Carcopino-Tusoli) (1886–1958)
* Pierre Benoit (1886–1962)
* Geneviève Fauconnier (1886–1969)
* Roland Dorgelès (Roland Lecavelé) (1886–1973)
* Henri Pourrat (1887–1959)
* Jean de La Varende (Jean-Balthazar Mallard, comte de La Varende) (1887–1959)
* Blaise Cendrars (1887–1961)
* François Mauriac (1887–1970)
* Saint-John Perse (Alexis Léger) (1887–1975)
* Pierre-Jean Jouve (1887–1976)
* Marcel Martinet (1887–1944)
* Georges Bernanos (1888–1948)
* Henri Bosco (1888–1976)
* Paul Morand (1888–1976)
* Marcel Jouhandeau (1888–1979)
* Jacques de Lacretelle (1888–1985)
* Charles Silvestre (1889–1948)
* Tristan Derème (1889–1941)
* Pierre Reverdy (1889–1960)
* Jean Cocteau (1889–1963)
* Emile Henriot (1889–1961)

1890 - 1899

* Maurice Genevoix (1890–1980)
* Victor Serge (1890–1947)
* Max Ernst (1891–1976)
* Pierre Drieu La Rochelle (1893–1945)
* Claude Cahun (Lucy Schwob) (1894–1954)
* Louis-Ferdinand Céline (Louis Destouches) (1894–1961), (Voyage au bout de la nuit, 1932)
* Joseph Delteil (1894–1978)
* Paul Eluard (Eugène Grindel) (1895–1952)
* Jean Giono (1895–1970)
* Marcel Pagnol (1895–1974)
* Albert Cohen (1895–1981)
* Antonin Artaud (1896–1948)
* André Breton (1896–1966)
* Henry de Montherlant (Henry Millon de Montherlant) (1896–1972)
* Tristan Tzara (1896–1963)
* Louis Aragon (1897–1982)
* Georges Bataille (1897–1962)
* Joë Bousquet (1897–1950)
* Kikou Yamata (1897–1975)
* Philippe Soupault (1897–1990)
* Marcel Thiry (1897–1977)
* Eugène Dabit (1898–1936)
* Michel de Ghelderode (1898–1962)
* Michel Goffin (1898–1984)
* Joseph Kessel (1898–1979)
* Paul Vialar (1898–1996)
* Géo Norge (1898–1990)
* Roger Vitrac (1899–1952)
* Jacques Audiberti (1899–1965)
* Marcel Achard (1899–1974)
* Louis Guilloux (1899–1980)
* Henri Michaux (1899–1984)
* Marcel Arland (1899–1986)
* Armand Salacrou (1899–1989)
* Francis Ponge (1899–1988)

Twentieth century

1900 - 1909

* Louis Brauquier (1900–1976)
* Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944)
* Robert Desnos (1900–1945)
* Jacques Prévert (1900–1977)
* André Chamson (1900–1983)
* André Dhôtel (1900–1991)
* Albert Ayguesparse (1900–1996)
* Julien Green (1900–1998)
* Nathalie Sarraute (1900–1999)
* Amadou Hampâté Bâ (1900 or 1901–1991)
* Georges Limbour (1900–1970)
* Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo (1901–1937)
* Jean Prévost (1901–1944)
* Henri Daniel-Rops (Henri Petiot) (1901–1965)
* Lanza del Vasto (1901–1981)
* Charles Lecocq (1901–1922)
* Michel Leiris (1901–1990)
* Suzanne Lilar (1901–1992)
* André Malraux (1901–1976)
* Alexandre Vialatte (1901–1971)
* Marcel Aymé (1902–1967)
* Malcom de Chazal, (1902–1981)
* Julien Torma (1902–1933)
* Louise de Vilmorin (1902–1969)
* Vercors (pseudonym for Jean Bruller) (1902–1991)
* Jean Tardieu (1903–1995)
* Raymond Radiguet (1903–1923)
* Irène Némirovsky (1903–1942)
* Jean Follain (1903–1971)
* Georges Simenon (1903–1989)
* Raymond Queneau (1903–1976)
* Marguerite Yourcenar (Marguerite de Crayencour) (1903–1987)
* Gilbert Lely (1904–1985)
* Guy Levis Mano (1904–1980)
* Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–1980)
* Maurice Fombeure (1906–1981)
* Charles Exbrayat (1906–1989)
* Samuel Beckett (1906–1989)
* Roger Frison-Roche (1906–1999)
* Roger Vailland (1907–1965)
* Pauline Réage (Anne Desclos) (1907–1998)
* Violette Leduc (1907–1972)
* Raymond Abellio (Georges Soulès) (1907–1986)
* René Char (1907–1988)
* Louis Guillaume (1907–1971)
* Maurice Blanchot (1907–2003)
* Roger Peyrefitte (1907–2000)
* Roger Gilbert-Lecomte (1907–1943)
* Jacques Roumain (1907–1944)
* René Daumal (1908–1944)
* Simone de Beauvoir (1908–1986)
* Paul Bénichou (1908–2001)
* Robert Merle (1908–2004)
* Simone Weil (1909–1943)
* Anaïs Nin (1909–1977)
* Jean-Fernand Brierre (1909–1993)
* Robert Brasillach (1909–1945)
* André Pieyre de Mandiargues (1909–1991)
* Léo Malet (1909–1996)

1910 - 1919

* Jean Anouilh (1910–1987)
* Jean Genet (1910–1986)
* Paul Guth (1910–1997)
* Julien Gracq (Louis Poirier) (1910–2007)
* André Hardellet (1911–1974)
* Patrice de La Tour du Pin (1911–1975)
* René Barjavel (1911–1985)
* Guy des Cars (Guy de Pérusse des Cars) (1911–1993)
* Hervé Bazin (Jean Hervé-Bazin) (1911–1996)
* Jean Cayrol (1911–2005)
* Henri Troyat (Lev Tarassov) (1911–2007)
* Pierre Boulle (1912–1994)
* Edmond Jabès (1912–1991)
* Eugène Ionesco (1912–1994)
* Jacques de Bourbon Busset (1912–2001)
* Armand Robin (1912–1961)
* Claude Simon (1913–2005)
* Luc Dietrich (1913–1944)
* Albert Camus (1913–1960)
* Mouloud Feraoun (1913–1962)
* Gilbert Cesbron (1913–1979)
* Armand Lanoux (1913–1983)
* Pierre Daninos (1913–2005)
* Félicien Marceau (Louis Carette)(1913–...)
* Romain Gary (Romain Kacew a/k/a Romain Gary a/k/a Emile Ajar) (1914–1980)
* Béatrix Beck (1914–...)
* Marguerite Duras (Marguerite Donnadieu) (1914–1996)
* Roland Barthes (1915–1980)
* Virgil Gheorghiu (1916–1992)
* Jean-Louis Curtis (Louis Laffitte) (1917–1995)
* Maurice Druon (1918–...)
* Alain Bosquet (Anatole Bisk) (1919–1998)
* Jacques Laurent-Cely a/k/a Jacques Laurent or Cécil Saint-Laurent (1919–...)
* Michel Déon (1919–...)
* Armand Toupet (1919–...)
* Robert Pinget (1919–1997)

1920 - 1929

* Mohammed Dib (1920–2003)
* Boris Vian (1920–1959)
* Françoise d'Eaubonne (1920–...)
* Jean-Pierre Chabrol (1920–...)
* Albert Memmi (1920–...)
* Georges Brassens (1921–1981)
* Gérald Neveu (1921–1960)
* Antoine Blondin (1922–1990)
* Jean-Charles (1922–2003)
* Jean-Claude Renard (1922–...)
* Stefan Wul (1922–2003)
* Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922–2008)
* Yves Bonnefoy (1923–...)
* Roger Foulon (1923–...)
* Georges Perros (1923–1978)
* Ousmane Sembène (1923–... )
* André du Bouchet (1924–2003)
* Philippe Jaccottet (1925–...)
* Roger Laporte (1925–...)
* Roger Nimier (1925–1962)
* François Augiéras (1925–1971)
* Alphonse Boudard (1925–2000)
* Roger Giroux (1925–1973)
* Frantz Fanon (1925–1961)
* Michel Foucault (1926–1984)
* Michel Butor (1926–...)
* Jacques Dupin (1927–...)
* Gisèle Halimi (1927–...)
* François Nourissier (1927–...)
* André Schwarz-Bart (1928–2006)
* Kateb Yacine (1929–1989)
* Nicolas Bouvier (1929–1998)

1930 - 1939

* Françoise Mallet-Joris (1930–...)
* Jack Thieuloy (1931–1996)
* Fernando Arrabal (1932–...)
* Jacques Roubaud (1932–...)
* Mongo Beti (1932–2001)
* Hédi Bouraoui (1932–...)
* Marcelin Pleynet (1933–...)
* Françoise Sagan (Françoise Quoirez) (1935–2004)
* Claude Esteban (1935–2006)
* Agota Kristof (1935–...)
* Assia Djebar (1936–...)
* Frankétienne (1936–...)
* Jean-Edern Hallier (1936–1997)
* Georges Perec (1936–1982)
* Philippe Sollers (1936–...)
* Anne-Marie Albiach (1937–...)
* Marc Alyn (1937–)
* Pierre Billon (1937–...)
* Andrée Brunin (1937–1993)
* Hélène Cixous (1937–...)
* Abdelkebir Khatibi (1938–...)

1940 - 1949

* Annie Ernaux (1940–...)
* Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (1940–...)
* Maurice Thuilière (1940–...)
* Emmanuel Hocquard (1940–...)
* Jean Daive (1941–...)
* Julia Kristeva (1941–...)
* Jean Marcel (1941–...)
* François Weyergans(1941–...)
* Josaphat-Robert Large (1942–...)
* Yves Manglou (1943–...)
* Tahar Ben Jelloun (1944–...)
* Doumbi Fakoly (1944–...)
* Daniel Pennac (1944–...)
* Françoise Chandernagor (1945–...)
* Tony Duvert (1945–...)
* Pierre Michon (1945–...)
* Gisèle Bienne (1946-...)
* Renaud Camus (1946–...)
* Élisabeth Vonarburg (1947–...)
* René Frégni (1947–...)
* Jean-Pierre Poccioni(1948–...)
* Amin Maalouf (1949–...)
* Didier Daeninckx (1949–...)
* Pierre Bergounioux (1949–...)

1950 to today

* Jean-Paul Dubois (1950–...)
* Moussa Konaté (1951–...)
* Salim Jay (1951–...)
* Dan Franck (1952–...)
* Dany Laferrière (1953–...)
* Gérard Caramaro (1953–...)
* Nancy Huston (1953–...)
* Patrick Chamoiseau (1953–...)
* Francois Bon (1953–...)
* Paul Dirmeikis (1954–)
* Tahar Djaout (1954–1993)
* Dai Sijie (1954–)
* Jean-Pierre Thiollet (1956–...)
* Khal Torabully (1956)
* Hervé Le Tellier (1957–...)
* Youssef Rzouga (1957–...)
* Jean-Philippe Toussaint (1957–...)
* Azouz Begag (1957–...)
* Michel Houellebecq (1958–...)
* Marc-Édouard Nabe (1958–...)
* Denis Robert (1958–...)
* Benjamin Sehene (1959–...)
* Christine Angot (1959–...)
* Frédéric-Yves Jeannet (1959–...)
* Jacques Bonjawo (1960–...)
* Xavier Hanotte (1960–...)
* Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt (1960–...)
* Simonetta Greggio (1961–...)
* Bernard Werber (1961–...)
* Philippe Claudel (1962–...)
* Beatrice Hammer (1963–...)
* Frédéric Lenormand (1964–...)
* Patrick Lowie (1964–...)
* Olivia Rosenthal (1965–...)
* Ann Scott (1965–...)
* Jose Da Silveira (1965–...)
* Françoise Nimal (1967–...)
* Jonathan Littell (1967–...)
* Amélie Nothomb (1967–...)
* Loïc Barrière (1967–...)
* Hervé Caumont (1968–...)
* Christophe Ferré (1968–...)
* Virginie Despentes (1969–...)
* Louis Emond (1969–...)
* Christophe Honoré (1970–...)
* Roland Michel Tremblay (1972–...)
* Yves Trottier (1973–...)
* [http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastien_boudaud Sebastien Boudaud] (1973–...)
* Tanguy Viel (1973–...)
* Romain Sardou (1974–...)
* Arno Bertina (1975–...)
* Boualem Sansal

ee also

*French literature
*Francophone literature
*Lists of French language poets, French novelists, French people, authors
*Quebec literature
*List of Quebec authors


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