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The Best French Authors

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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    In Search of Lost Time

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    Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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    Le Père Goriot, Eugénie Grandet, Cousin Bette

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    Candide

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

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    The Plague, The Stranger, The Myth of Sisyphus

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    Tartuffe, The Miser

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    The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers

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    Nana, Germinal, Thérèse Raquin

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    Madame Bovary

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    Les Fleurs du Mal, Le Spleen de Paris

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

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    Bel Ami, Une vie, Pierre et Jean

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    No Exit, Existentialism and Humanism, Being and Nothingness

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    Illuminations

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    The Little Prince

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    Phèdre, Alexandre le Grand, Les Plaideurs

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

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    Little Fadette, Flaubert-Sand: The Correspondence, Lelia

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    Beauty and the Beast, Orpheus

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    Cyrano de Bergerac, The Story of Chanticleer

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    Creative Evolution, The Two Sources of Morality and Religion, Laughter

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

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    Désert, Le Procès-Verbal, Terra Amata

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

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    Journey to the End of the Night, Death on Credit, Œuvres de Louis ...

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    The Counterfeiters, The Imoralist

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    The Second Sex, She Came to Play

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    Oiseaux, Amers, Poesie

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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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    The Treasure of the Humble, Pelléas and Mélisande, Mary ...

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    Thérèse Desqueyroux, Flesh and Blood, The Holy Terror

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

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

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    Penguin Island, The path of glory, Rabelais

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

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    Pierre Choderlos de Laclos Les Liaisons dangereuses, Liasons Dangeruses, Oeuvres Completes

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    Théatre de la révolution, Palmsonntag, Essai sur la mystique et l'action ...

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    Suite Française, Le Bal, David Golder

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    Les destins, Les épreuves, Épaves

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    The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly, La escafandra y la mariposa

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    99 Francs, Windows on the World, 13 99 Euros

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    Jean Barois, The Thibaults

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