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
Olympe de GougesOlympe de Gouges
07 May 1748
Playwright

StendhalStendhal
23 January 1783
Writer

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

Louis Antoine de Saint-JustLouis Antoine de Saint-Just
25 August 1767
Politician, Writer
Eugène François VidocqEugène François Vidocq
24 July 1775
Detective, Writer, Police officer, Military

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,

Marie-Antoine CarêmeMarie-Antoine Carême
08 June 1784
Chef

Emmanuel Joseph SieyèsEmmanuel Joseph Sieyès
03 May 1748
Writer
Pierre Samuel du Pont de NemoursPierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
14 December 1739
Economist

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

Pierre-Augustin Caron de BeaumarchaisPierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
24 January 1732
Polymath

Jacques Pierre BrissotJacques Pierre Brissot
15 January 1754
Writer
Jean-Baptiste SayJean-Baptiste Say
05 January 1767
Economist

Anthelme Brillat-SavarinAnthelme Brillat-Savarin
01 April 1755
Author
François GuizotFrançois Guizot
04 October 1787
Politician, Diplomat, Historian, Translator,

Jules MicheletJules Michelet
21 August 1798
Historian, Archivist, Writer, Diarist, Professor,

Benjamin ConstantBenjamin Constant
25 December 1767
Activist
Pierre Choderlos de LaclosPierre Choderlos de Laclos
18 October 1741
Writer, Inventor, Novelist, Officer

Jeanne-Marie Leprince de BeaumontJeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
26 April 1711
Author
Baron d'HolbachBaron d'Holbach
08 December 1723
Author

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

Jeanne GuyonJeanne Guyon
13 April 1648
Mystic
François FénelonFrançois Fénelon
06 August 1651
Theologian

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Gabrielle-Suzanne de VilleneuveGabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve
28 November 1685
Author
George PsalmanazarGeorge Psalmanazar
1679 AD
Essayist

Claude Adrien HelvétiusClaude Adrien Helvétius
26 January 1715
Philosopher, Writer, French moralists

André ChénierAndré Chénier
30 October 1762
Poet

Pierre Louis MaupertuisPierre Louis Maupertuis
28 September 1698
Mathematician
Jacques Mallet du PanJacques Mallet du Pan
05 November 1749
Journalist
Pierre de MarivauxPierre de Marivaux
04 February 1688
Novelist

Antoine Destutt de TracyAntoine Destutt de Tracy
20 July 1754
Philosopher

J. Hector St. John de CrèvecœurJ. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur
31 December 1735
Writer

André de ChénierAndré de Chénier
30 October 1762
Poet
Stéphanie Félicité, comtesse de GenlisStéphanie Félicité, comtesse de Genlis
25 January 1746
Writer, Harpist

Jean-Marie Collot d'HerboisJean-Marie Collot d'Herbois
19 June 1749
Actor

Madeleine de ScudéryMadeleine de Scudéry
15 November 1607
Writer

Marquis de CustineMarquis de Custine
18 March 1790
Writer

Bernard Le Bovier de FontenelleBernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle
11 February 1657
Author
Nicolas ChamfortNicolas Chamfort
06 April 1741
Writer

Joseph JoubertJoseph Joubert
07 May 1754
Philosopher, Essayist, Writer
Antoine Court de GébelinAntoine Court de Gébelin
1719 AD
Pastor

Jérôme Pétion de VilleneuveJérôme Pétion de Villeneuve
03 January 1756
Writer

Vivant DenonVivant Denon
04 January 1747
Artist
Emmanuel, comte de Las CasesEmmanuel, comte de Las Cases
21 June 1766
Author

Pierre-Jean de BérangerPierre-Jean de Béranger
19 August 1780
Poet
Eugène ScribeEugène Scribe
24 December 1791
French dramatist

Charles NodierCharles Nodier
29 April 1780
Author

Fabre d'ÉglantineFabre d'Églantine
28 July 1750
Actor

Suzanne CurchodSuzanne Curchod
1737 AD
Writer

Alain-René LesageAlain-René Lesage
06 May 1668
Novelist
Guillaume Thomas François RaynalGuillaume Thomas François Raynal
12 April 1713
Writer

Louis-Claude de Saint-MartinLouis-Claude de Saint-Martin
18 January 1743
Philosopher

Louis-Sébastien MercierLouis-Sébastien Mercier
06 June 1740
Author

Charles-François LebrunCharles-François Lebrun
19 March 1739
Statesman
Laure Junot, Duchess of AbrantèsLaure Junot, Duchess of Abrantès
06 November 1784
Writer

Maine de BiranMaine de Biran
29 November 1766
Philosopher
Bernard de MontfauconBernard de Montfaucon
13 January 1655
Scholar

René-Antoine Ferchault de RéaumurRené-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur
28 February 1683
Entomologist

Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-PierreJacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre
19 January 1737
Writer
Louis-Marie Stanislas FréronLouis-Marie Stanislas Fréron
17 August 1754
Politician

Charles Paul de KockCharles Paul de Kock
21 May 1793
Novelist
André MichauxAndré Michaux
08 March 1746
Botanist

Jean-François MarmontelJean-François Marmontel
11 July 1723
Historian

Jacques-Nicolas Billaud-VarenneJacques-Nicolas Billaud-Varenne
23 April 1756
Architect
Marceline Desbordes-ValmoreMarceline Desbordes-Valmore
20 June 1786
Poet

Luc de Clapiers, marquis de VauvenarguesLuc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues
06 August 1715
Author
Sylvain MaréchalSylvain Maréchal
15 August 1750
Essayist

Henri de BoulainvilliersHenri de Boulainvilliers
21 October 1658
Writer

Nicolas-Edme RestifNicolas-Edme Restif
23 November 1734
Novelist

Jacques-François BlondelJacques-François Blondel
08 January 1705
Architect
Jean Francois de Saint-LambertJean Francois de Saint-Lambert
26 December 1716
Poet
Abraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-DuperronAbraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron
07 December 1731
Orientalist

Louis Antoine Fauvelet de BourrienneLouis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
09 July 1769
Diplomat

Louise d'ÉpinayLouise d'Épinay
11 March 1726
Writer

Jean-Baptiste-Joseph DelambreJean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre
19 September 1749
Mathematician
Antoine Rivaroli, count de RivarolAntoine Rivaroli, count de Rivarol
26 June 1753
Author

Claudine-Alexandrine Guérin de TencinClaudine-Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin
27 April 1682
Author

Henriette CampanHenriette Campan
06 October 1752
Educator

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

Julie de LespinasseJulie de Lespinasse
09 November 1732
FrWriter
Nicolas PerrotNicolas Perrot
1644 AD
Traveler

Jean-Jacques BarthélemyJean-Jacques Barthélemy
20 January 1716
Writer
Jean-Baptiste RousseauJean-Baptiste Rousseau
06 April 1671
Playwright

Joseph JacototJoseph Jacotot
04 March 1770
Teacher
Louis-Armand de Lom d'Arce de Lahontan, Baron de LahontanLouis-Armand de Lom d'Arce de Lahontan, Baron de Lahontan
09 June 1666
Military officer
Charles-Irénée Castel, abbé de Saint-PierreCharles-Irénée Castel, abbé de Saint-Pierre
18 February 1658
French author