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

The list of famous French novelists, authors, and writers include everyone from Simone de Beauvoir to Jean Genet.

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

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Jean-Paul Sartre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novelists from France
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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism. His ...more

Age: Died at 75 (1905-1980)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Literary critic, Biographer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, + more

Credits: No Exit, The Wall, The Condemned of Altona, Huis clos, The Childhood of a Leader

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#42 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#62 on The Best French Authors

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Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from France
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Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu, published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest authors of all time. ...more

Age: Died at 51 (1871-1922)

Birthplace: Auteuil-Neuilly-Passy

Profession: Librarian, Novelist, Essayist, Writer, Critic

Credits: Marcel Proust's Time Regained, Swann in Love, The Captive, À la recherche du temps perdu

Also Ranked

#48 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#7 on The Best Gay Authors

#3 on The Best Jewish Authors

#18 on The Best French Authors

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Simone de Beauvoir is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from France
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Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, commonly known as Simone de Beauvoir, was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both ...more

Age: Died at 78 (1908-1986)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Novelist, Writer, Philosopher

Credits: The Blood of Others

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#56 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#64 on The Best French Authors

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Albert Camus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from France
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Albert Camus was a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay "The Rebel" that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into ...more

Age: Died at 47 (1913-1960)

Birthplace: Dréan, Algeria

Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Writer, Philosopher

Credits: Far from Men, Fate, The Stranger, The Plague

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#25 on The Best Writers of All Time

#34 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#36 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#2 on The Best French Authors

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