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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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    Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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    In Search of Lost Time

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

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    Candide

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    Le Père Goriot, Eugénie Grandet, Cousin Bette

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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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    Madame Bovary

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    Nana, Germinal, Thérèse Raquin

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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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    No Exit, Existentialism and Humanism, Being and Nothingness

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    Bel Ami, Une vie, Pierre et Jean

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    Illuminations

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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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    The Little Prince

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    Cyrano de Bergerac, The Story of Chanticleer

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    Little Fadette, Flaubert-Sand: The Correspondence, Lelia

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    Beauty and the Beast, Orpheus

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

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    Désert, Le Procès-Verbal, Terra Amata

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

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

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    The Second Sex, She Came to Play

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    The Counterfeiters, The Imoralist

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    Mirèio, Coupo Santo, Calendau

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    Oiseaux, Amers, Poesie

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

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

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    Penguin Island, The path of glory, Rabelais

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

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

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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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