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

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Alain-René Lesage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 79 (1668-1747) Alain-René Lesage was a French novelist and playwright. Lesage is best known for his comic novel The Devil upon Two Sticks, his comedy Turcaret, and his picaresque novel Gil Blas.

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Alejandro Jodorowsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
age 89 Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, musician, comics writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been "venerated by cult ...more

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Alexandre Bisson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 64 (1848-1912) Alexandre Charles Auguste Bisson was a French playwright, vaudeville creator, and novelist. Born in Briouze, Orne in Lower Normandy, he was successful in his native France as well as in the ...more

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Alexandre Dumas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 68 (1802-1870) Alexandre Dumas, also known as Alexandre Dumas, père, was a French writer. His works have been translated into nearly 100 languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. ...more

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Alfred de Vigny is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 66 (1797-1863) Alfred Victor de Vigny was a French poet, playwright, and novelist.

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Alphonse Daudet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 57 (1840-1897) Alphonse Daudet was a French novelist. He was the father of writers Léon Daudet and Lucien Daudet.

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Antoine Danchet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 77 (1671-1748) Antoine Danchet was a French playwright, librettist and dramatic poet.

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Antoine Jacob is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Antoine Jacob Dec. at 45 (1640-1685) Antoine Jacob, known as Montfleury, was a French actor and playwright and a rival of Molière.

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Antonin Artaud is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 52 (1896-1948) Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud, better known as Antonin Artaud, was a French playwright, poet, essayist, actor, and theatre director.

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Armand Salacrou is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 90 (1899-1989) Armand Camille Salacrou was a French dramatist. He was born in Rouen, but spent most of his childhood at Le Havre, and moved to Paris in 1917. His first works show the influence of the ...more

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Arthur Bernède is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Arthur Bernède Dec. at 66 (1871-1937) Arthur Bernède was a French writer, poet, opera libretist, and playwright. He was born in Redon, Ille-et-Vilaine department, in Brittany. In 1919, Bernède joined forces with actor ...more

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Augustus Harris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 44 (1852-1896) Sir Augustus Henry Glossop Harris, was a British actor, impresario, and dramatist.

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Benjamin Fondane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 46 (1898-1944) Benjamin Fondane or Benjamin Fundoianu was a Romanian and French poet, critic and existentialist philosopher, also noted for his work in film and theater. Known from his Romanian youth as a ...more

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Bernard-Marie Koltès is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 41 (1948-1989) Bernard-Marie Koltès was a French playwright and director.

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Boris Vian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 39 (1920-1959) Boris Vian was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer. He is best remembered today for his novels. Those published under the ...more

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Charles Juliet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
age 83 Charles Juliet in Jujurieux in Ain, is a French poet, playwright and novelist. He won the 2013 Prix Goncourt de la Poésie. His works have been translated into German, Spanish, Italian, ...more

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Charles Nicolas Favart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Charles Nicolas Favart Dec. at 57 (1749-1806) Charles Nicolas Joseph Justin Favart was a French playwright at the Comédie-Italienne for two decades. Favard was also an actor at the Comédie Française for fifteen years. ...more

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Charlotte Delbo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 72 (1913-1985) Charlotte Delbo, was a French writer chiefly known for her haunting memoirs of her time as a prisoner in Auschwitz, where she was sent for her activities as a member of the French resistance.

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Christine Angot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
age 59 Christine Angot is a French writer, novelist and playwright.

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Claude Roger-Marx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 89 (1888-1977) Claude Roger-Marx, was a French writer, and playwright, as well as an art critic and art historian like his father Roger Marx. He also used the pen name "Claudinet".

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Edmond Gondinet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 60 (1828-1888) Edmond Gondinet was a French playwright and librettist. This author, nearly forgotten today, produced forty plays of which several were successful. He collaborated with Alphonse Daudet and ...more

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Edmond Rostand is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 50 (1868-1918) Edmond Eugène Alexis Rostand was a French poet and dramatist. He is associated with neo-romanticism, and is best known for his play Cyrano de Bergerac. Rostand's romantic plays contrasted ...more

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Émile Moreau is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 82 (1877-1959) Émile Moreau was a French playwright and screenwriter. In co-operation with Victorien Sardou, he wrote the plays Madame Sans-Gêne and Cleopatre. He also wrote the play Les Amours de ...more

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Émile Zola is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 62 (1840-1902) Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola was a French writer, the most well-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism and an important contributor to the development of ...more

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Emmanuel Théaulon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Emmanuel Théaulon Dec. at 54 (1787-1841) Marie-Emmanuel-Guillaume-Marguerite Théaulon de Lambert was a French playwright. A customs inspector, then an inspector of military hospitals, he composed an Ode on the birth of the King ...more

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Eugène Cormon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 93 (1810-1903) Pierre-Étienne Piestre, known as Eugène Cormon, was a French dramatist and librettist. He used his mother's name, Cormon, during his career. Cormon wrote dramas, comedies and, from ...more

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Eugène Ionesco is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 85 (1909-1994) Eugène Ionesco was a Romanian playwright who wrote mostly in French, and one of the foremost figures of the French Avant-garde theatre. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, ...more

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Eugène Marin Labiche is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 73 (1815-1888) Eugène Marin Labiche was a French dramatist.

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Félicien Mallefille is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Félicien Mallefille Dec. at 55 (1813-1868) Jean Pierre Félicien Mallefille was a French novelist and playwright. Mallefille was born in Mauritius. He wrote a number of plays, including Glenarvon, Les sept enfants de Lara, Le cœur ...more

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Fernando Arrabal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
age 83 Fernando Arrabal Terán is a Spanish playwright, screenwriter, film director, novelist and poet. Arrabal was born in Melilla, Spain, but settled in France in 1955; he describes himself as ...more

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Florence Delay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
age 77 Florence Delay is a French academician and actress.

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Florian Zeller is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
age 38 Florian Zeller is a French novelist and playwright. His work has been translated into many languages, including English. He won the prestigious Prix Interallié in 2004 for his novel ...more

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François Benoît Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 68 (1760-1828) François-Benoît Hoffman was a French playwright and critic, best known today for his operatic librettos, including those set to music by Étienne Méhul and Luigi

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François Mauriac is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 85 (1885-1970) François Charles Mauriac was a French author, member of the Académie française, and laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was awarded the Grand Cross of the

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Françoise Sagan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 69 (1935-2004) Françoise Sagan – real name Françoise Quoirez – was a French playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. Hailed as "a charming little monster" by François Mauriac on ...more

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Frédérick Lemaître is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 76 (1800-1876) Frédérick Lemaître — birth name Antoine Louis Prosper Lemaître — was a French actor and playwright, one of the most famous players on the celebrated Boulevard du

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Gabriel Marcel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 84 (1889-1973) Gabriel Honoré Marcel was a French philosopher, playwright, music critic and leading Christian existentialist. The author of over a dozen books and at least thirty plays, Marcel's work ...more

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Gao Xingjian is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
age 78 Gao Xingjian is a Chinese émigré novelist, playwright, and critic who in 2000 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and ...more

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Gaston Arman de Caillavet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 46 (1869-1915) Gaston Arman de Caillavet was a French playwright. He was the son of Albert Arman de Caillavet and Léontine Lippmann, the muse of Anatole France. In April 1893 he married Jeanne Pouquet. ...more

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Gaston Baty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Gaston Baty Dec. at 67 (1885-1952) Gaston Baty, whose full name was Jean-Baptiste-Marie-Gaston Baty, was a French playwright and director. His stage adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary was presented in an English ...more

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Georges Feydeau is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 59 (1862-1921) Georges Feydeau was a French playwright of the era known as the Belle Époque. He is remembered for his many lively farces. He wrote over sixty plays and was a forerunner of absurdist

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Guillaume Apollinaire is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 38 (1880-1918) Guillaume Apollinaire, born Wilhelm Albert Włodzimierz Apolinary Kostrowicki was a French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic of Polish descent. Apollinaire is ...more

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Gustave Flaubert is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 59 (1821-1880) Gustave Flaubert was an influential French writer who was perhaps the leading exponent of literary realism of his country. He is known especially for his first published novel, Madame Bovary, ...more

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Hector-Jonathan Crémieux is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 64 (1828-1892) Hector-Jonathan Crémieux was a French librettist and playwright. His best-known work is his collaboration with Ludovic Halévy for Jacques Offenbach's Orphée aux Enfers, ...more

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Henri Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 77 (1876-1953) Henri-Léon-Gustave-Charles Bernstein was a French playwright associated with Boulevard theatre. The far-right royalist Camelots du Roi youth organization of the Action française ...more

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Honoré de Balzac is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 51 (1799-1850) Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a ...more

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Jacques Deval is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 77 (1895-1972) Jacques Deval was a screenwriter.

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Jean Anouilh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 77 (1910-1987) Jean Marie Lucien Pierre Anouilh was a French dramatist whose career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, Anouilh is best known for his 1943 play ...more

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Jean Cocteau is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 74 (1889-1963) Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles, and the films Blood ...more

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Jean Genet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Playwrights from France
Dec. at 76 (1910-1986) Jean Genet was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond, but later took to writing. His major works include the novels Querelle ...more