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

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
02 June 1740
Erotic Novelist

Jules VerneJules Verne
08 February 1828
Writer

ColetteColette
28 January 1873
Novelist

Marcel ProustMarcel Proust
10 July 1871
Novelist & Critic
Emile ZolaEmile Zola
02 April 1840
Novelist, Playwright

Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
09 April 1821
Poet

Arthur RimbaudArthur Rimbaud
20 October 1854
Poet
George SandGeorge Sand
01 July 1804
 

Guy de MaupassantGuy de Maupassant
05 August 1850
Novelist & Short Story Writer
Jean CocteauJean Cocteau
05 July 1889
Novelist, Poet, Artist & Filmmaker

Gustave FlaubertGustave Flaubert
12 December 1821
Novelist, Writer

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

Henri BergsonHenri Bergson
18 October 1859
Philosopher and Writer

Andre GideAndre Gide
22 November 1869
 
Alphonse DaudetAlphonse Daudet
13 May 1840
Novelist, Short story writer, playwright, poet

Paul VerlainePaul Verlaine
30 March 1844
Poet

Andre BretonAndre Breton
19 February 1896
Founder of Surrealism

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

Alexander BerkmanAlexander Berkman
21 November 1870
Editor
Stéphane MallarméStéphane Mallarmé
18 March 1842
Poet

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

Paul ValeryPaul Valery
30 October 1871
Poet
Alfred de MussetAlfred de Musset
11 December 1810
Dramatist, Poet, Novelist

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

Eliphas LeviEliphas Levi
08 February 1810
Poet

Maurice LeblancMaurice Leblanc
11 December 1864
Novelist
Auguste EscoffierAuguste Escoffier
28 October 1846
Chef

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Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto
15 July 1848
Economist, Writer, Philosopher, Sociologist,
Guillaume ApollinaireGuillaume Apollinaire
26 August 1880
Poet

Alexandre Dumas, filsAlexandre Dumas, fils
27 July 1824
Author

Arthur de GobineauArthur de Gobineau
14 July 1816
Novelist

Paul LangevinPaul Langevin
23 January 1872
Physicist, Professor, Chemist, Philosopher of
Frederic BastiatFrederic Bastiat
30 June 1801
Politician
Emmanuel Joseph SieyèsEmmanuel Joseph Sieyès
03 May 1748
Writer

Charles MaurrasCharles Maurras
20 April 1868
Author

Romain RollandRomain Rolland
29 January 1866
Writer, Playwright, Essayist, Historian, Novelist,

Allan KardecAllan Kardec
03 October 1804
Educator
Joris-Karl HuysmansJoris-Karl Huysmans
05 February 1848
Writer, Art critic, Novelist

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

Pierre Samuel du Pont de NemoursPierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours
14 December 1739
Economist

Claude CahunClaude Cahun
25 October 1894
Artist, Photographer, Writer

Gaston LerouxGaston Leroux
06 May 1868
Journalist
Princess Marie BonapartePrincess Marie Bonaparte
02 July 1882
Author

Louis AragonLouis Aragon
03 October 1897
Writer, Journalist, Politician, Poet, Novelist,
Théophile GautierThéophile Gautier
31 August 1811
writer, journalist, playwright, literary critic,

Gaston BachelardGaston Bachelard
27 June 1884
Philosopher, Poet, Writer, University teacher

Edmond RostandEdmond Rostand
01 April 1868
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Essayist, Screenwriter
Henry Gauthier-VillarsHenry Gauthier-Villars
08 August 1859
Writer

Alfred JarryAlfred Jarry
08 September 1873
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Novelist
Max JacobMax Jacob
12 July 1876
Poet

George du MaurierGeorge du Maurier
06 March 1834
Writer, Illustrator

Adah Isaacs MenkenAdah Isaacs Menken
15 June 1835
Actress

Francis PicabiaFrancis Picabia
22 January 1879
Painter

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,

Nino FerrerNino Ferrer
15 August 1934
Singer-songwriter
Rene BelbenoitRene Belbenoit
04 April 1899
Writer

Gabriel MarcelGabriel Marcel
07 December 1889
Playwright, Philosopher, Writer, University
Benjamin ConstantBenjamin Constant
25 December 1767
Activist

Freya StarkFreya Stark
31 January 1893
Explorer

Prosper MériméeProsper Mérimée
28 September 1803
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Historian,
Comte de LautréamontComte de Lautréamont
04 April 1846
Poet

Paul ClaudelPaul Claudel
06 August 1868
Playwright, Poet, Diplomat, Writer, Diarist, Poet
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse KarrJean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
24 November 1808
Critic

Frieda LawrenceFrieda Lawrence
11 August 1879
Writer

Paul CottinPaul Cottin
05 June 1856
Writer
Liane de PougyLiane de Pougy
02 July 1869
Vedette

Louis BlancLouis Blanc
29 October 1811
Journalist, Politician, Historian, Writer
René ClairRené Clair
11 November 1898
Screenwriter, Actor, Film director, Film producer,

Pierre LotiPierre Loti
14 January 1850
Novelist

Robert de MontesquiouRobert de Montesquiou
07 March 1855
Poet

Kathleen O'MearaKathleen O'Meara
1839 AD
Writer
Adele FoucherAdele Foucher
27 September 1803
Writer
Camille FlammarionCamille Flammarion
26 February 1842
astronomer, writer, balloonist, science fiction

Auguste MaquetAuguste Maquet
13 September 1813
Writer

Charles PéguyCharles Péguy
07 January 1873
Poet

Georges BernanosGeorges Bernanos
20 February 1888
Author
OuidaOuida
01 January 1839
Novelist

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

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

Léon BloyLéon Bloy
11 July 1846
Novelist

Elizabeth of the TrinityElizabeth of the Trinity
18 July 1880
Writer
Jean-Henri FabreJean-Henri Fabre
21 December 1823
Entomologist

Edouard DrumontEdouard Drumont
03 May 1844
Journalist
Maurice BarrèsMaurice Barrès
19 August 1862
Novelist

Émile BernardÉmile Bernard
28 April 1868
Painter, Poet, Writer
Sacha GuitrySacha Guitry
21 February 1885
Screenwriter, Actor, Playwright, Film director,
Flora TristanFlora Tristan
07 April 1803
Writer