The Best French Authors Writers

The Best French Authors

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List Criteria: Top French writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays

A list of the best French authors that have provided works of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction that have become classics. Authors such as Victor Hugo, Albert Camus, and Alexandre Dumas may be familiar names of French authors that are added to the list, along with others that may not be as best-selling. This list of French writers includes playwrights and philosophers 

This list will answer the question, "who are the best French authors?" Whether someone is looking for classic writers, more contemporary writers, poets or a new author to add to their reading list, this is a perfect place to start.
 
The list is changed based on the ranking from voters, and since it does not include all French authors ever, you can add any that are missing.
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    Journey to the End of the Night, Death on Credit, Œuvres de Louis ...

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    Le Père Goriot, Eugénie Grandet, Cousin Bette

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    The Red and the Black, The Charterhouse of Parma, Spicy food

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    Les Fleurs du Mal, Le Spleen de Paris

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    The Plague, The Stranger, The Myth of Sisyphus

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    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, A ...

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    Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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    Tartuffe, The Miser

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    Beauty and the Beast, Orpheus

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    The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers

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    Platform, Whatever, H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World

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    An exhibition of sculpture by Brancusi, Ci-gît Sophie ...

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    Bel Ami, Une vie, Pierre et Jean

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    Madame Bovary

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    Nana, Germinal, Thérèse Raquin

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    Mirèio, Coupo Santo, Calendau

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    The Well-Digger's Daughter, Manon Des Sources, Manon des sources

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    Meditations on First Philosophy, Discourse on the Method, Rules for the ...

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    A translation of Notre avant-guerre/Before the war by Robert Brasillach ...

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    Cyrano de Bergerac, The Story of Chanticleer

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    Œuvres, Die lasterhaften Balladen und Lieder, Le grant testament Villon et ...

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    Gobineau: selected political writings, Les dépêches diplomatiques du ...

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    Yvain, the Knight of the Lion, Erec and Enide

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    The Camp of the Saints, L' anneau du pécheur, Qui se souvient des hommes ...

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    The Man on Horseback, Chronique politique, 1934-1942

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    Under the Sun of Satan, Essais et écrits de combat, Le crépuscule des ...

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    Pierre Benoit Hercules and the Captive Women, Atlantida, Koenigsmark

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    Phèdre, Alexandre le Grand, Les Plaideurs

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    The Counterfeiters, The Imoralist

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    The Little Prince

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    The Leopard, Las Aventuras de Jack, Fromont the younger and Risler the ...

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    The Faith of France, The sacred hill, The soul of France

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    Les Filles du feu, Poèmes d'Outre-Rhin, Les Illuminés

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    Georges Dumézil Le Livre des héros, Du mythe au roman, 4e édition

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    Atala*, Travels in Greece, Palestine

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    Elevator to the Gallows, I Vinti, Les Épées

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    Jacques Perret Ernest le Rebelle, Le caporal épinglé, Role de Plaisance

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    The Phantom of the Opera, The Mystery of the Yellow Room, Le Fauteuil ...

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    Thérèse Desqueyroux, Flesh and Blood, The Holy Terror

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    Renaud Camus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best French Authors

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    Renaud Camus L' élégie de Chamalières, Aguets, Ne lisez pas ce livre !

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    The Secrets of the Bed, Last Leap, Obsession

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    Servitude and grandeur of arms, Servitude et grandeur militaires, ...

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    Elegies and Camille

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    L'étape, Le démon de midi, André Cornélis

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    Little Fadette, Flaubert-Sand: The Correspondence, Lelia

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    Penguin Island, The path of glory, Rabelais

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    The devil in the flesh, Les joues en feu, Le Diable au corps

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    Antoine François Prévost is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best French Authors

    Antoine François Prévost Manon Lescaut, Sacrificial Lovers Manon Lescaut and Leone Leoni, The ...

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    Désert, Le Procès-Verbal, Terra Amata

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    Les destins, Les épreuves, Épaves

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