Find out more about the greatest 19th Century French Writers, including Victor Hugo, Jules Verne, Alexandre Dumas, Thérèse of Lisieux and Marcel Proust.
Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas
24 July 1802
 
Victor HugoVictor Hugo
26 February 1802
Author & Poet

Jules VerneJules Verne
08 February 1828
Writer

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
02 June 1740
Erotic Novelist

Marcel ProustMarcel Proust
10 July 1871
French novelist

Guy de MaupassantGuy de Maupassant
05 August 1850
Novelist & Short Story Writer
ColetteColette
28 January 1873
Novelist

George SandGeorge Sand
01 July 1804
 

Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
09 April 1821
Poet
Arthur RimbaudArthur Rimbaud
20 October 1854
Poet

Jean CocteauJean Cocteau
05 July 1889
Novelist, Poet, Artist & Filmmaker
Gustave FlaubertGustave Flaubert
12 December 1821
Novelist, Writer

Henri BergsonHenri Bergson
18 October 1859
Philosopher and Writer

Antonin ArtaudAntonin Artaud
04 September 1896
Dramatist, Poet, Essayist, Actor, & Theatre

Paul VerlainePaul Verlaine
30 March 1844
Poet

Anatole FranceAnatole France
16 April 1844
Writer
Hilaire BellocHilaire Belloc
27 July 1870
Writer

Alexander BerkmanAlexander Berkman
21 November 1870
Editor

Robert W. ServiceRobert W. Service
16 January 1874
Poet & Writer

Alphonse DaudetAlphonse Daudet
13 May 1840
Novelist, Short story writer, playwright, poet
Stéphane MallarméStéphane Mallarmé
18 March 1842
Poet

Alfred de MussetAlfred de Musset
11 December 1810
Dramatist, Poet, Novelist
Emile ZolaEmile Zola
02 April 1840
French novelist

Andre BretonAndre Breton
19 February 1896
Founder of Surrealism

Oscar MiloszOscar Milosz
28 May 1877
Poet
Élisée ReclusElisee Reclus
15 March 1830
Geographer, Anarchist, Writer

Paul ValeryPaul Valery
30 October 1871
Poet
Andre GideAndre Gide
22 November 1869
 

Auguste EscoffierAuguste Escoffier
28 October 1846
Chef

Georges BatailleGeorges Bataille
10 September 1897
Philosopher, Librarian, Poet, Novelist, Writer,
Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto
15 July 1848
Economist, Writer, Philosopher, Sociologist,

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Guillaume ApollinaireGuillaume Apollinaire
25 August 1880
Poet
Paul ClaudelPaul Claudel
06 August 1868
Playwright, Poet, Diplomat, Writer, Diarist, Poet

Arthur de GobineauArthur de Gobineau
14 July 1816
Racial theorist, Philosopher, Writer, Diplomat,

Georges SorelGeorges Sorel
02 November 1847
Philosopher, Engineer, Sociologist, Writer, Trade

Joris-Karl HuysmansJoris-Karl Huysmans
05 February 1848
Writer, Art critic, Novelist
Gaston LerouxGaston Leroux
06 May 1868
Journalist, Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter
Romain RollandRomain Rolland
29 January 1866
Writer, Playwright, Essayist, Historian, Novelist,

Tristan TzaraTristan Tzara
16 April 1896
Art collector, Poet, Writer, Diplomat, Film

Allan KardecAllan Kardec
03 October 1804
Writer, Teacher, Philosopher

Théophile GautierThéophile Gautier
31 August 1811
writer, journalist, playwright, literary critic,
Gaston BachelardGaston Bachelard
27 June 1884
Philosopher, Poet, Writer, University teacher

Jacques MaritainJacques Maritain
18 November 1882
Philosopher, Educationist, Writer

Alfred JarryAlfred Jarry
08 September 1873
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Novelist

Charles MaurrasCharles Maurras
20 April 1868
Author

Marcel PagnolMarcel Pagnol
28 February 1895
Theatre director, Film director, Writer,
Paul LangevinPaul Langevin
23 January 1872
Physicist, Professor, Chemist, Philosopher of

Jean-Baptiste SayJean-Baptiste Say
05 January 1767
Economist, Politician, Writer, Professor,
Edmond RostandEdmond Rostand
01 April 1868
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Essayist, Screenwriter

Marc BlochMarc Bloch
06 July 1886
Historian, Medievalist, University teacher, Writer

Francis PicabiaFrancis Picabia
22 January 1879
Painter, Writer, Screenwriter, Poet
Jules MicheletJules Michelet
21 August 1798
Historian, Archivist, Writer, Diarist, Professor,

Eliphas LeviEliphas Levi
08 February 1810
Philosopher, Non-fiction writer, Occultist
Adah Isaacs MenkenAdah Isaacs Menken
15 June 1835
Actress

Louis AragonLouis Aragon
03 October 1897
Writer, Journalist, Politician, Poet, Novelist,

Claude CahunClaude Cahun
25 October 1894
Artist, Photographer, Writer

Prosper MériméeProsper Mérimée
28 September 1803
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Historian,

George du MaurierGeorge du Maurier
06 March 1834
Writer, Illustrator
François MauriacFrançois Mauriac
11 October 1885
Writer, Journalist, Poet, Novelist, Playwright,

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

Gabriel MarcelGabriel Marcel
07 December 1889
Playwright, Philosopher, Writer, University

Freya StarkFreya Stark
31 January 1893
Explorer
Alexandre Dumas, filsAlexandre Dumas, fils
27 July 1824
Author

Maurice LeblancMaurice Leblanc
11 November 1864
Writer, Novelist, Science fiction writer
Louis BlancLouis Blanc
29 October 1811
Journalist, Politician, Historian, Writer

Comte de LautréamontComte de Lautréamont
04 April 1846
Poet, Writer

René ClairRené Clair
11 November 1898
Screenwriter, Actor, Film director, Film producer,
Maurice de VlaminckMaurice de Vlaminck
04 April 1876
Painter, Writer, Sculptor, Graphic artist

Max JacobMax Jacob
12 July 1876
Painter, Poet, Writer, Literary critic
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse KarrJean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
24 November 1808
Journalist, Writer, Novelist

Sully PrudhommeSully Prudhomme
16 March 1839
Poet, Writer, Essayist, Diarist

Blaise CendrarsBlaise Cendrars
01 September 1887
War correspondent, Journalist, Poet, Writer,
Jean GionoJean Giono
30 March 1895
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist

Camille FlammarionCamille Flammarion
26 February 1842
astronomer, writer, balloonist, science fiction
Léon BloyLéon Bloy
11 July 1846
Writer, Poet, Essayist, Journalist, Novelist,

Charles PéguyCharles Péguy
07 January 1873
Poet

OuidaOuida
01 January 1839
Novelist

Maurice DenisMaurice Denis
25 November 1870
Painter, Illustrator, Lithographer, Writer, Art
Pierre LotiPierre Loti
14 January 1850
Writer, Q3349700, Novelist, Essayist, Diarist,
Lucien FebvreLucien Febvre
22 July 1878
Historian, Professor, Writer

Pierre LouÿsPierre Louÿs
10 December 1870
Poet

Georges BernanosGeorges Bernanos
20 February 1888
Author

Jean-Henri FabreJean-Henri Fabre
22 December 1823
Entomologist, Writer, University teacher, Poet
Henry de MontherlantHenry de Montherlant
20 April 1895
Essayist

Louis BachelierLouis Bachelier
11 March 1870
Mathematician, Economist, Non-fiction writer

Maurice BarrèsMaurice Barrès
19 August 1862
Novelist

Sacha GuitrySacha Guitry
21 February 1885
Screenwriter, Actor, Playwright, Film director,

Saint-John PerseSaint-John Perse
31 May 1887
Poet, Writer, Diplomat
Georges FeydeauGeorges Feydeau
08 December 1862
Playwright

Eugène SueEugène Sue
26 January 1804
Novelist
Victorien SardouVictorien Sardou
05 September 1831
Dramatist

Émile BernardÉmile Bernard
28 April 1868
Painter, Poet, Writer
Henri MichauxHenri Michaux
24 May 1899
Painter, Poet, Writer
Pierre Drieu La RochellePierre Drieu La Rochelle
03 January 1893
Writer