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Abbé Prévost
   wrote   
Manon Lescaut
Antoine-François Prévost; 1731
Albert Camus
   wrote   
A Happy Death
Published posthumously, 1971
Albert Camus
   wrote   
The Plague
1947
Albert Camus
   wrote   
The Stranger
1942
Alexandre Dumas
   wrote   
The Count of Monte Cristo
1845-46
Alexandre Dumas, Fils
   wrote   
The Lady of the Camellias
1848; basis for Verdi's La Traviata
Alexandre Dumas
   wrote   
The Three Musketeers
1844
Alexis De Tocqueville
   wrote   
Democracy in America
1835-1840
Alfred De Musset
   wrote   
Don't Trifle With Love
Play, "On ne badine pas avec l'amour", 1834
Ambroise Paré
   wrote   
On Monsters and Marvels
An illustrated encyclopedia of human and animal birth defects, 1573
André Breton
   wrote   
Nadia
1928
André Breton
   wrote   
The Surrealist Manifesto
1924
André Gide
   wrote   
The Counterfeiters
1927
André Gide
   wrote   
The Immoralist
1902
André Malraux
   wrote   
Man's Fate
1933
Anonymous
   wrote   
Aucassin and Nicolette
Chantefable or sung story from the early 13th C.
Anonymous
   wrote   
The Farce of Master Pathelin
15th century example of slapstick comedy
Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
   wrote   
Flight to Arras
Best seller in US, 1942
Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
   wrote   
The Little Prince
1943
Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
   wrote   
Night Flight
1931
Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
   wrote   
Wind, Sand and Stars
Winner of the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française and the U.S. National Book Award
Arthur Rimbaud
   wrote   
The Drunken Boat
1871
Arthur Rimbaud
   wrote   
A Season in Hell
1873
Auguste, Compte De Villiers De L'Isle-Adam
   wrote   
Tomorrow's Eve
1886
Benjamin Constant
   wrote   
Adolphe
1816
Blaise Pascal
   wrote   
Thoughts
1670
Charles Baudelaire
   wrote   
Flowers of Evil
"Les Fleurs du Mal", 1857
Charles Baudelaire
   wrote   
Paris Spleen
51 short prose poems, 1869
Christine De Pizan
   wrote   
The Book of the City of Ladies
1404-05; Venetian-born, she became Europe's first professional woman writer; wrote in her adopted tongue of Middle French
Chrétien De Troyes
   wrote   
Eric and Enide
Companion volume to Yvain
Chrétien De Troyes
   wrote   
Yvain, or the Knight of the Lion
A romance and a step towards the modern novel, c. 1175-81
Claire De Kersaint
   wrote   
Ourika
Aka Claire de Kersaint Duras; pub. 1824; inspiration for John Fowles' French Lieutenant's Woman
Colette
   wrote   
Chérie
1920; (Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette)
Colette
   wrote   
Gigi
1947; basis of the stage and film musical of the same name
Denis Diderot
   wrote   
The Nun
Published posthumously as "La Religieuse" in 1796
Eugène Delacroix
   wrote   
The Journal of Eugène Delacroix
One of the most important works in the literature of art history, 1893
François De Graffigny
   wrote   
Letters of a Peruvian Woman
1747; epistolary novel tells the story of a young Incan princess
François De La Rochefoucauld
   wrote   
Maxims
1678
François De Sales
   wrote   
An Introduction to the Devout Life
A beloved Christian devotional classic
Françoise Sagan
   wrote   
Hello Sadness
1954
François Mauriac
   wrote   
Thérèse Desqueyroux
1927
François Rabelais
   wrote   
The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel
A connected series of five novels from the 16th century.
François-René De Chateaubriand
   wrote   
Memoirs from Beyond the Grave
Published posthumously, 1848-1850
François-René De Chateaubriand
   wrote   
René
1802
François Villon
   wrote   
The Testament
C. 1401; poet, thief and vagabond
Gaston Leroux
   wrote   
The Phantom of the Opera
1911
George Sand
   wrote   
The Devil's Pool
(Amantine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin); 1846
Georges Perec
   wrote   
Life: A User's Manuel
1978
Georges Simenon
   wrote   
The Crime at Lock 14
1931; nearly 200 novels
Georges Simenon
   wrote   
My Friend Maigret
1949
Georges Simenon
   wrote   
Tropic Moon
1933; creator of detective Maigret
Guillaume Apollinaire
   wrote   
Alcools
Poems, 1913
Guillaume Apollinaire
   wrote   
Calligrammes
Poems of war and peace, 1918
Guillaume De Lorris
   wrote   
Book of the Rose
13th century, added to massively by Jean de Meung
Gustave Flaubert
   wrote   
Madame Bovary
1857
Guy De Maupassant
   wrote   
Bel Ami
Novel, 1885
Guy De Maupassant
   wrote   
Mademoiselle Fifi
Short story collection, 1882
Hélisenne De Crenne
   wrote   
The Torments of Love
1538; pseudonym of Marguerite Briet, hailed as the first "roman sentimental," term for a novel of passionate love
Honoré De Balzac
   wrote   
Cousin Bette
1846
Honoré De Balzac
   wrote   
Old Goriot
1835
Jacques-Henri Bernardin De Saint-Pierre
   wrote   
Paul and Virginia
1787
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
   wrote   
Julie, or the New Héloïse
Epistolary love novel, 1761
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
   wrote   
Reveries of the Solitary Walker
1782; unfinished work of observations and autobiographical anecdotes
Jean Anouilh
   wrote   
Antigone
1942
Jean-Paul Sartre
   wrote   
Nausea
1938
Jean-Paul Sartre
   wrote   
No Exit
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
   wrote   
The Physiology of Taste
1825; founded with Grimod the genre of gastronomic essay
Jean De La Fontaine
   wrote   
Fables
1668-94
Jean De Léry
   wrote   
History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil
1578
Jean Genet
   wrote   
Our Lady of the Flowers
1943
Jean Genet
   wrote   
The Thief's Journal
1949
Jean Racine
   wrote   
Andromache
1667
Jean Racine
   wrote   
Phaedra
1677
Joris-Karl Huysmans
   wrote   
Against Nature
1884
Joseph Zobel
   wrote   
Black Shack Alley
1950
Jules Verne
   wrote   
Around the World in Eighty Days
1873
Jules Verne
   wrote   
A Journey to the Center of the Earth
1864
Jules Verne
   wrote   
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1870
Julien Offray De La Mettrie
   wrote   
Machine Man
1748; rejected Cartesian dualism of mind and body and proposed the metaphor of human being as machine
Louise Labé
   wrote   
Sonnets
1555; female poet
Louis-Ferdinand Céline
   wrote   
Journey to the End of Night
1934
Madame De La Fayette
   wrote   
The Princess of Clèves
Marie-Madeleine Pioch de La Vergne, comtesse de La Fayette; France's first historical novel
Marcel Proust
   wrote   
In Search of Lost Time
1913
Marguerite De Navarre
   wrote   
The Heptameron
A collection of short stories, 1559; Queen, consort of Henry II
Marguerite Duras
   wrote   
The Sailor from Gibralter
1960
Marguerite Eymery
   wrote   
Mister Venus
Nom de plume, Rachilde; 1884
Marguerite Yourcenar
   wrote   
The Abyss
Prix Femina, 1968
Marguerite Yourcenar
   wrote   
Memoirs of Hadrien
1951
Marie De France
   wrote   
Lais of Marie De France
Short love poems, c. 1160-78; poet probably born in France and wrote in England; her given name remains a mystery
Marie De Rabutin-Chantal
   wrote   
The Letters of Madame De Sévigné
Marquise de Sévigné
Marquis De Sade
   wrote   
Justine
1791
Michel De Montaigne
   wrote   
The Essays
1580-1595
Émile Zola
   wrote   
Germinal
1885
Émile Zola
   wrote   
Thérèse Raquin
1867
Molière
   wrote   
The Bourgeois Gentleman
1670
Molière
   wrote   
The Doctor in Spite of Himself
1666
Molière
   wrote   
The Imaginary Invalid
1673
Molière
   wrote   
The Misanthropist
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin; 1666
Molière
   wrote   
Tartuffe or the Hypocrite
Montesquieu
   wrote   
On the Spirit of the Laws
1750
Montesquieu
   wrote   
Persian Letters
Charles -Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu; 1721
Pierre-Augustin Caron De Beaumarchais
   wrote   
The Barber of Seville
Premiered 1775 at the Comédie Française
Pierre-Augustin Caron De Beaumarchais
   wrote   
The Marriage of Figaro
1784; basis for Mozart's opera
Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
   wrote   
Dangerous Liaisons
First published in four volumes in 1782
Pierre Corneille
   wrote   
The Cid
1637
Prosper Mérimée
   wrote   
Carmen
1845; famous femme fatale of Bizet's opera
René Descartes
   wrote   
Discourse on Method
1637; "Je pense, donc je suis"
Simone De Beauvoir
   wrote   
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
1958
Simone De Beauvoir
   wrote   
The Second Sex
1949
Stendhal
   wrote   
The Charterhouse of Parma
1839
Stendhal
   wrote   
The Red and the Black
(Marie-Henri Beyle); 1830
Turoldus
   wrote   
The Song of Roland
Oldest surviving major work of French literature; c. 1095; oldest existing manuscript form is the Oxford manuscript dating to the middle of the 12th century; authorship attributed owing to the last line
Victor Hugo
   wrote   
The Art of Being a Grandfather
Volume of poems celebrating the love and tenderness and discounted discipline toward his grandchildren near the end of his life; 1877
Victor Hugo
   wrote   
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
1831
Victor Hugo
   wrote   
Les Misérables
Widely considered on the the greatest novels of the 19th century
Voltaire
   wrote   
Candide
(François-Marie Arouet); 1759


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