Find out more about the greatest 18th Century French Writers, including Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Olympe de Gouges, Marquis de Sade and Honoré de Balzac.
VoltaireVoltaire
21 November 1694
Writer
Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau
28 June 1712
Philosopher, Writer, & Composer

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
02 June 1740
Erotic Novelist

Honoré de BalzacHonoré de Balzac
20 May 1799
French Novelist and Playwright

Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat
24 May 1743
Physician

Denis DiderotDenis Diderot
05 October 1713
Philosopher
StendhalStendhal
23 January 1783
Writer

Olympe de GougesOlympe de Gouges
07 May 1748
Playwright

Alphonse de LamartineAlphonse de Lamartine
21 October 1790
Writer
Alfred de VignyAlfred de Vigny
27 March 1797
Poet, Playwright, Novelist

Eugène François VidocqEugène François Vidocq
24 July 1775
Detective, Writer, Police officer, Military
François-René de ChateaubriandFrançois-René de Chateaubriand
04 September 1768
Writer, Politician, Diplomat, Historian, Poet,

Louis Antoine de Saint-JustLouis Antoine de Saint-Just
25 August 1767
Politician, Writer

Germaine de StaëlGermaine de Staël
22 April 1766
Philosopher

Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de MirabeauHonoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
09 March 1749
Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Writer,

Emmanuel Joseph SieyèsEmmanuel Joseph Sieyès
03 May 1748
Writer
Jean-Baptiste SayJean-Baptiste Say
05 January 1767
Economist, Politician, Writer, Professor,

Benjamin ConstantBenjamin Constant
25 October 1767
Philosopher, Politician, Writer, Diarist

François-Noël BabeufFrançois-Noël Babeuf
23 November 1760
Journalist, Writer, Archivist, Politician

Jules MicheletJules Michelet
21 August 1798
Historian, Archivist, Writer, Diarist, Professor,
Pierre Samuel du Pont de NemoursPierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
14 December 1739
Economist

Antoine-Henri JominiAntoine-Henri Jomini
06 March 1779
Stockbroker, Writer, Officer, Military personnel,
Nicolas MalebrancheNicolas Malebranche
06 August 1638
Philosopher, Writer, Theologian

François GuizotFrançois Guizot
04 October 1787
Politician, Diplomat, Historian, Translator,

Jacques Pierre BrissotJacques Pierre Brissot
15 January 1754
Writer
Jeanne GuyonJeanne Guyon
13 April 1648
Mystic

François FénelonFrançois Fénelon
06 August 1651
Theologian
Pierre Choderlos de LaclosPierre Choderlos de Laclos
18 October 1741
Writer, Inventor, Novelist, Officer

Robert SurcoufRobert Surcouf
12 December 1773
Privateer, Writer, Shipowner, Slave trader

Claude Adrien HelvétiusClaude Adrien Helvétius
26 January 1715
Philosopher, Writer, French moralists
Pierre Louis MaupertuisPierre Louis Maupertuis
28 September 1698
Mathematician

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Pierre de MarivauxPierre de Marivaux
04 February 1688
Playwright, Writer, Journalist, Novelist
J. Hector St. John de CrèvecœurJ. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur
31 December 1735
writer, military personnel, diplomat

Nicolas ChamfortNicolas Chamfort
06 April 1741
Writer

Madeleine de ScudéryMadeleine de Scudéry
15 November 1607
Writer

Adelbert von ChamissoAdelbert von Chamisso
30 January 1781
Botanist, Poet, Pteridologist, Bryologist, Writer
Antoine Destutt de TracyAntoine Destutt de Tracy
20 July 1754
Philosopher
Antoine Court de GébelinAntoine Court de Gébelin
1719 AD
Pastor

Alain-René LesageAlain-René Lesage
06 May 1668
Novelist

Charles NodierCharles Nodier
29 April 1780
Author

Joseph JoubertJoseph Joubert
07 May 1754
Philosopher, Essayist, Writer
Eugène ScribeEugène Scribe
24 December 1791
French dramatist

Bernard de MontfauconBernard de Montfaucon
13 January 1655
Scholar

Louis-Sébastien MercierLouis-Sébastien Mercier
06 June 1740
Author

Vivant DenonVivant Denon
04 January 1747
Artist

Pierre-Jean de BérangerPierre-Jean de Béranger
19 August 1780
Poet
Jérôme Pétion de VilleneuveJérôme Pétion de Villeneuve
03 January 1756
Writer

Jacques-Nicolas Billaud-VarenneJacques-Nicolas Billaud-Varenne
23 April 1756
Architect
Étienne Pivert de SenancourÉtienne Pivert de Senancour
16 November 1770
Essayist

Charles Paul de KockCharles Paul de Kock
21 May 1793
Novelist

Henri de BoulainvilliersHenri de Boulainvilliers
21 October 1658
Writer
Jean-François MarmontelJean-François Marmontel
11 July 1723
Historian

Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-PierreJacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre
19 January 1737
Writer
Luc de Clapiers, marquis de VauvenarguesLuc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues
06 August 1715
Author

Charles-François LebrunCharles-François Lebrun
19 March 1739
Statesman

Jacques-François BlondelJacques-François Blondel
08 January 1705
Architect

Firmin AbauzitFirmin Abauzit
11 November 1679
Scholar

Maine de BiranMaine de Biran
29 November 1766
Philosopher
Emmanuel, comte de Las CasesEmmanuel, comte de Las Cases
21 June 1766
Author

Louis-Marie Stanislas FréronLouis-Marie Stanislas Fréron
17 August 1754
Politician

André MichauxAndré Michaux
08 March 1746
Botanist

Abraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-DuperronAbraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron
07 December 1731
Orientalist
Jean-Jacques BarthélemyJean-Jacques Barthélemy
20 January 1716
Writer

Laure Junot, Duchess of AbrantèsLaure Junot, Duchess of Abrantès
06 November 1784
Writer
Marceline Desbordes-ValmoreMarceline Desbordes-Valmore
20 June 1786
Poet

Pierre François Xavier de CharlevoixPierre François Xavier de Charlevoix
24 October 1682
Priest

Claude Prosper Jolyot de CrébillonClaude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon
13 February 1707
Novelist
Louis Antoine Fauvelet de BourrienneLouis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
09 July 1769
Diplomat

Nicolas PerrotNicolas Perrot
1644 AD
Traveler
Pierre Daniel HuetPierre Daniel Huet
08 February 1630
Scholar

Louis-Jean-Marie DaubentonLouis-Jean-Marie Daubenton
29 May 1716
Naturalist

Jean-Baptiste RousseauJean-Baptiste Rousseau
06 April 1671
Playwright
Joseph JacototJoseph Jacotot
04 March 1770
Teacher

Amable Guillaume Prosper Brugière, baron de BaranteAmable Guillaume Prosper Brugière, baron de Barante
10 June 1782
Statesman
Thomas CorneilleThomas Corneille
20 August 1625
Dramatist

Henriette CampanHenriette Campan
06 October 1752
Educator

Alexis PironAlexis Piron
09 July 1689
Dramatist

Anne DacierAnne Dacier
1645 AD
Scholar
Jacques DelilleJacques Delille
22 June 1738
Writer
Jean-François de La HarpeJean-François de La Harpe
20 November 1739
Playwright

Stanislas de BoufflersStanislas de Boufflers
31 May 1738
Writer

Charles-Antoine CoypelCharles-Antoine Coypel
11 July 1694
Painter

François de CallièresFrançois de Callières
14 May 1645
Diplomat
La ClaironLa Clairon
25 January 1723
Actress

Prosper Jolyot de CrébillonProsper Jolyot de Crébillon
13 January 1674
Poet

Jean-Baptiste-Louis GressetJean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset
29 August 1709
Poet

René-Charles Guilbert de PixérécourtRené-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt
22 January 1773
Theatre Director

Charles Simon FavartCharles Simon Favart
13 November 1710
Playwright
Michel-Jean SedaineMichel-Jean Sedaine
02 June 1719
Dramatist

Paul Louis CourierPaul Louis Courier
04 January 1772
Scholar
Louis Gabriel Ambroise de BonaldLouis Gabriel Ambroise de Bonald
02 October 1754
Philosopher, Politician, Essayist

Émile DeschampsÉmile Deschamps
20 February 1791
Poet
Jacques Joseph Champollion-FigeacJacques Joseph Champollion-Figeac
05 October 1778
Archaeologist
Claude FleuryClaude Fleury
06 December 1640
Historian