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List of notable or famous essayists from France, with bios and photos, including the top essayists born in France and even some popular essayists who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French essayists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These essayists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known essayist from France is included when available.

Marcel Proust and André Gide are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This historic essayists from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French essayists of note?" and "Who are the most famous essayists from France?" These prominent essayists of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French essayists.

Use this list of renowned French essayists to discover some new essayists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (18 items)
André Gide is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Essayists from France
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André Paul Guillaume Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947 "for his comprehensive and artistically significant writings, in which human problems and conditions have been presented with a fearless love of truth and keen psychological insight". Gide's career ...more

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Age: Died at 82 (1869-1951)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Novelist, Author, Essayist, Writer

Credits: La Symphonie Pastorale, The Counterfeiters, Travels in the Congo

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#25 on The Best French Authors

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Carlos Alvarado-Larroucau is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Essayists from France
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Carlos Alvarado-Larroucau is an Argentine-born French author. Born in Argentina in 1964. ...more

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Age: 51

Birthplace: San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina

Profession: Poet, Professor, Essayist, Writer

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Charles de Saint-Évremond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Essayists from France
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Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis, seigneur de Saint-Évremond was a French soldier, hedonist, essayist and literary critic. After 1661, he lived in exile, mainly in England, as a consequence of his attack on French policy at the time of the Peace of the Pyrenees. He is buried in Poets' Corner, ...more

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Age: Died at 90 (1613-1703)

Birthplace: Coutances, France

Profession: Soldier, Essayist, Writer, Critic

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Christian Bobin is a French author and poet. He received the 1993 Prix des Deux Magots for the book Le Très-Bas. ...more

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Age: 64

Birthplace: Le Creusot, France

Profession: Essayist