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
Author & Poet
Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas
24 July 1802
 

Marquis de SadeMarquis de Sade
02 June 1740
Erotic Novelist

Jules VerneJules Verne
08 February 1828
Writer

Marcel ProustMarcel Proust
10 July 1871
French novelist

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

Henri BergsonHenri Bergson
18 October 1859
Philosopher and Writer
Antonin ArtaudAntonin Artaud
04 September 1896
Dramatist, Poet, Essayist, Actor, & Theatre

Hilaire BellocHilaire Belloc
27 July 1870
Writer

Anatole FranceAnatole France
16 April 1844
Writer
Robert W. ServiceRobert W. Service
16 January 1874
Poet & Writer

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

Alphonse DaudetAlphonse Daudet
13 May 1840
Novelist, Short story writer, playwright, 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

Paul ValeryPaul Valery
30 October 1871
Poet

Andre GideAndre Gide
22 November 1869
 

Élisée ReclusElisee Reclus
15 March 1830
Geographer, Anarchist, Writer
ColetteColette
28 January 1873
Novelist, Ghostwriter, Journalist, Writer,
W. Somerset MaughamW. Somerset Maugham
25 January 1874
Playwright, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter

Georges BatailleGeorges Bataille
10 September 1897
Philosopher, Librarian, Poet, Novelist, Writer,

Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto
15 July 1848
Economist, Writer, Philosopher, Sociologist,

Paul VerlainePaul Verlaine
30 March 1844
Poet, Essayist, Writer, Librettist
Guillaume ApollinaireGuillaume Apollinaire
25 August 1880
Poet

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Mirra AlfassaMirra Alfassa
21 February 1878
Mystic, Writer

Allan KardecAllan Kardec
03 October 1804
Writer, Teacher, Philosopher

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

Eliphas LeviEliphas Levi
08 February 1810
Philosopher, Non-fiction writer, Occultist
Georges SorelGeorges Sorel
02 November 1847
Philosopher, Engineer, Sociologist, Writer, Trade

Marc BlochMarc Bloch
06 July 1886
Historian, Medievalist, University teacher, Writer
Romain RollandRomain Rolland
29 January 1866
Writer, Playwright, Essayist, Historian, Novelist,

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

Adolphe ThiersAdolphe Thiers
15 April 1797
Lawyer, Politician, Journalist, Historian, Writer
Gaston LerouxGaston Leroux
06 May 1868
Journalist, Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter

Joris-Karl HuysmansJoris-Karl Huysmans
05 February 1848
Writer, Art critic, Novelist
Gaston BachelardGaston Bachelard
27 June 1884
Philosopher, Poet, Writer, University teacher

Jacques MaritainJacques Maritain
18 November 1882
Philosopher, Educationist, Writer

Jean-Baptiste SayJean-Baptiste Say
05 January 1767
Economist, Politician, Writer, Professor,

Claude CahunClaude Cahun
25 October 1894
Artist, Photographer, Writer

Marcel PagnolMarcel Pagnol
28 February 1895
Theatre director, Film director, Writer,
Théophile GautierThéophile Gautier
31 August 1811
writer, journalist, playwright, literary critic,

Francis PicabiaFrancis Picabia
22 January 1879
Painter, Writer, Screenwriter, Poet

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

Maurice LeblancMaurice Leblanc
11 November 1864
Writer, Novelist, Science fiction writer
Paul LangevinPaul Langevin
23 January 1872
Physicist, Professor, Chemist, Philosopher of

Jules MicheletJules Michelet
21 August 1798
Historian, Archivist, Writer, Diarist, Professor,
Louis AragonLouis Aragon
03 October 1897
Writer, Journalist, Politician, Poet, Novelist,

Edmond RostandEdmond Rostand
01 April 1868
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Essayist, Screenwriter

Prosper MériméeProsper Mérimée
28 September 1803
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Historian,
George du MaurierGeorge du Maurier
06 March 1834
Writer, Illustrator

Gabriel MarcelGabriel Marcel
07 December 1889
Playwright, Philosopher, Writer, University
François MauriacFrançois Mauriac
11 October 1885
Writer, Journalist, Poet, Novelist, Playwright,

Maurice de VlaminckMaurice de Vlaminck
04 April 1876
Painter, Writer, Sculptor, Graphic artist

François GuizotFrançois Guizot
04 October 1787
Politician, Diplomat, Historian, Translator,
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse KarrJean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
24 November 1808
Journalist, Writer, Novelist

Comte de LautréamontComte de Lautréamont
04 April 1846
Poet, Writer
Max JacobMax Jacob
12 July 1876
Painter, Poet, Writer, Literary critic

Louis BlancLouis Blanc
29 October 1811
Journalist, Politician, Historian, Writer

Paul ClaudelPaul Claudel
06 August 1868
Playwright, Poet, Diplomat, Writer, Diarist, Poet

Pierre LotiPierre Loti
14 January 1850
Writer, Q3349700, Novelist, Essayist, Diarist,
Sully PrudhommeSully Prudhomme
16 March 1839
Poet, Writer, Essayist, Diarist
Camille FlammarionCamille Flammarion
26 February 1842
astronomer, writer, balloonist, science fiction

Blaise CendrarsBlaise Cendrars
01 September 1887
War correspondent, Journalist, Poet, Writer,

Jean GionoJean Giono
30 March 1895
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist

René ClairRené Clair
11 November 1898
Screenwriter, Actor, Film director, Film producer,
Maurice DenisMaurice Denis
25 November 1870
Painter, Illustrator, Lithographer, Writer, Art

Jean-Henri FabreJean-Henri Fabre
22 December 1823
Entomologist, Writer, University teacher, Poet

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

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

Henri MichauxHenri Michaux
24 May 1899
Painter, Poet, Writer
Léon BloyLéon Bloy
11 July 1846
Writer, Poet, Essayist, Journalist, Novelist,

Saint-John PerseSaint-John Perse
31 May 1887
Poet, Writer, Diplomat
Jean GiraudouxJean Giraudoux
29 October 1882
Playwright, Screenwriter, Diplomat, Novelist,

Albert MarquetAlbert Marquet
27 March 1875
Painter, Writer

Lucien FebvreLucien Febvre
22 July 1878
Historian, Professor, Writer
Henri BarbusseHenri Barbusse
17 May 1873
Writer, Journalist, Esperantist, Screenwriter,

Julien BendaJulien Benda
26 December 1867
Philosopher, Writer
Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
14 November 1898
Linguist, Poet, Librarian, Film director,

Anna de NoaillesAnna de Noailles
15 November 1876
Writer, Salon-holder, Poet, Model

Jules RenardJules Renard
22 February 1864
writer, aphorist, playwright, novelist, diarist

Jean RostandJean Rostand
30 October 1894
Philosopher, Biologist, Writer
Alphonse AllaisAlphonse Allais
20 October 1854
Writer, Poet, Journalist, Screenwriter, Painter,

Alexander DumasAlexander Dumas
24 July 1802
 
Andre MauroisAndre Maurois
26 July 1885
 

Paul Charles Joseph BourgetPaul Charles Joseph Bourget
02 September 1852
 
AmantineAmantine
01 July 1804
 

Émile BernardÉmile Bernard
28 April 1868
Painter, Poet, Writer
Louis-Ferdinand-Auguste DestouchesLouis-Ferdinand-Auguste Destouches
27 May 1894