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

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

Denis DiderotDenis Diderot
05 October 1713
Philosopher, Novelist, Essayist, Encyclopédistes,

Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat
24 May 1743
Politician, Journalist, Physician, Physicist,

Marie TussaudMarie Tussaud
01 December 1761
Sculptor
Olympe de GougesOlympe de Gouges
07 May 1748
Playwright, Journalist, Philosopher, Writer,

Georges CuvierGeorges Cuvier
23 August 1769
Geologist, Anatomist, Paleontologist, Politician,
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
Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de MirabeauHonoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
09 March 1749
Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Writer,

Adolphe ThiersAdolphe Thiers
15 April 1797
Lawyer, Politician, Journalist, Historian, Writer
Jean-Baptiste SayJean-Baptiste Say
05 January 1767
Economist, Politician, Writer, Professor,

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

François-Noël BabeufFrançois-Noël Babeuf
23 November 1760
Journalist, Writer, Archivist, Politician
Antoine-Henri JominiAntoine-Henri Jomini
06 March 1779
Stockbroker, Writer, Officer, Military personnel,

Madame RolandMadame Roland
17 March 1754
Salon-holder, Writer
Benjamin ConstantBenjamin Constant
25 October 1767
Philosopher, Politician, Writer, Diarist

Nicolas MalebrancheNicolas Malebranche
06 August 1638
Philosopher, Writer, Theologian

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

Louis Antoine de BougainvilleLouis Antoine de Bougainville
12 November 1729
Explorer, Politician, Writer, Travel writer
Jacques Pierre BrissotJacques Pierre Brissot
15 January 1754
Politician, Journalist, Diplomat, Writer, Judge,
Claude Joseph Rouget de LisleClaude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
10 May 1760
Composer, Poet, Writer, Playwright

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

Pierre de MarivauxPierre de Marivaux
04 February 1688
Playwright, Writer, Journalist, Novelist
Claude Adrien HelvétiusClaude Adrien Helvétius
26 January 1715
Philosopher, Writer, French moralists

Adelbert von ChamissoAdelbert von Chamisso
30 January 1781
Botanist, Poet, Pteridologist, Bryologist, Writer

Joseph JoubertJoseph Joubert
07 May 1754
Philosopher, Essayist, Writer

Louis Gabriel Ambroise de BonaldLouis Gabriel Ambroise de Bonald
02 October 1754
Philosopher, Politician, Essayist

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Pierre de BeaumarchaisPierre de Beaumarchais
24 January 1732
 
Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-HolsteinAnne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein
22 April 1766
 

J. Hector St. John de CrèvecœurJ. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur
31 December 1735
writer, military personnel, diplomat