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

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    The Man on Horseback, Chronique politique, 1934-1942

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    Le Père Goriot, Eugénie Grandet, Cousin Bette

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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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    Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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    Tartuffe, The Miser

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    Les Fleurs du Mal, Le Spleen de Paris

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    The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers

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    Beauty and the Beast, Orpheus

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

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

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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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    Mirèio, Coupo Santo, Calendau

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

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    Nana, Germinal, Thérèse Raquin

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    Cyrano de Bergerac, The Story of Chanticleer

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

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

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

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

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    The Little Prince

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    The Counterfeiters, The Imoralist

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    Phèdre, Alexandre le Grand, Les Plaideurs

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    Pierre Benoit Hercules and the Captive Women, Atlantida, Koenigsmark

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

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

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

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

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    Elegies and Camille

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    Renaud Camus is listed (or ranked) 39 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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    L'étape, Le démon de midi, André Cornélis

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    Penguin Island, The path of glory, Rabelais

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    Thérèse Desqueyroux, Flesh and Blood, The Holy Terror

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    Little Fadette, Flaubert-Sand: The Correspondence, Lelia

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

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    Antoine François Prévost is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best French Authors

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

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

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    Désert, Le Procès-Verbal, Terra Amata

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    Les destins, Les épreuves, Épaves

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