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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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    The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers More
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    In Search of Lost Time More
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    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, A ... More
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    Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame More
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    The Plague, The Stranger, The Myth of Sisyphus More
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    Tartuffe, The Miser More
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    Candide More
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    The physiology of marriage, Le Rendez-vous, The student's Balzac More
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    No Exit, Existentialism and Humanism, Being and Nothingness More
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    Thérèse Raquin, The attack on the mill and other sketches of ... More
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    Reise in Italien. Rom - Neapel - Florenz, Lives of Haydn, Mozart and ... More
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    The Little Prince More
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    Madame Bovary More
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    La Parure, The heritage and other stories, La Vendetta Y Otros Cuentos De ... More
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    Illuminations More
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    Les Fleurs du Mal, Le Spleen de Paris More
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    Mind-energy, Creative Evolution, Matter and Memory More
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    KEY PHILOSOPHICAL WRITING (Wordsworth Classics), Las Pasiones del Alma, ... More
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    Rose Et Blanche, Albine Fiori, Andréa More
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    Poèmes d'Outre-Rhin, La bohème galante, Sylvie. Dossier ... More
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    Pawana, Fantômes dans la rue, Hasard suivi de Angoli Mala More
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    Three Plays (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature), Britannicus, ... More
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    Antoine François Prévost

    Manon Lescaut, The memoirs and adventures of the Marquis de Bretagne and ... More
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    Cyrano de Bergerac , The Story of Chanticleer More
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    Suite Française, L'Affaire Courilof, Les Chiens et les Loups More
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    Holiday in a coma, Ultimo Inventario Antes de Liquidacion, Was 9.99, Now ... More
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    The life of Michael Angelo, Le périple, The hungry wolves More
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    Proso d’Armana, Lou Tresor dóu Felibrige, Discours e dicho More
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    Anabasis, Amers, Nocturne More
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    Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

    Lettres inédites de Choderlos de Laclos, Réponse de M. More
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    Whatever, The Map and the Territory, Michel Houellebecq, coffret 3 volumes ... More
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    The Blue Bird, The Burgomaster of Stilemonde, The Burgomaster of ... More
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    Beauty and the Beast, Orpheus More
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    Thérèse Desqueyroux, Letters on art and literature, ... More
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    Le jardin d'E picure, In all France, L Ile DES Pingouins More
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    La esposa del sol, The double life, Le parfume de la dame en noir More
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    Les épreuves, Les destins, Les solitudes: poésies, A. More
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    Schmetterling und Taucherglocke, La escafandra y la mariposa, Le ... More
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    The Baker's Wife, César, Mr. Topaze More
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    The Second Sex, She Came to Play More
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    The Counterfeiters, The Imoralist More
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    Jean Barois, The Thibaults More
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