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

Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
09 April 1821
Poet
ColetteColette
28 January 1873
Novelist

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

Paul VerlainePaul Verlaine
30 March 1844
Poet

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
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
Élisée ReclusElisee Reclus
15 March 1830
Geographer, Anarchist, Writer

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

Auguste EscoffierAuguste Escoffier
28 October 1846
Chef

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

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Marc BlochMarc Bloch
06 July 1886
Historian, Medievalist, University teacher, Writer
Gaston LerouxGaston Leroux
06 May 1868
Journalist, Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter

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

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

Georges SorelGeorges Sorel
02 November 1847
Philosopher, Engineer, Sociologist, Writer, Trade
Tristan TzaraTristan Tzara
16 April 1896
Art collector, Poet, Writer, Diplomat, Film
Allan KardecAllan Kardec
03 October 1804
Writer, Teacher, Philosopher

Joris-Karl HuysmansJoris-Karl Huysmans
05 February 1848
Writer, Art critic, Novelist

Charles MaurrasCharles Maurras
20 April 1868
Author

Emmanuel Joseph SieyèsEmmanuel Joseph Sieyès
03 May 1748
Writer
Adah Isaacs MenkenAdah Isaacs Menken
15 June 1835
Actress

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

Théophile GautierThéophile Gautier
31 August 1811
writer, journalist, playwright, literary critic,

Maurice LeblancMaurice Leblanc
11 November 1864
Writer, Novelist, Science fiction writer

Jacques MaritainJacques Maritain
18 November 1882
Philosopher, Educationist, Writer
Alfred JarryAlfred Jarry
08 September 1873
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Novelist

Jean-Baptiste SayJean-Baptiste Say
05 January 1767
Economist, Politician, Writer, Professor,
Francis PicabiaFrancis Picabia
22 January 1879
Painter, Writer, Screenwriter, Poet

Eliphas LeviEliphas Levi
08 February 1810
Philosopher, Non-fiction writer, Occultist

Louis AragonLouis Aragon
03 October 1897
Writer, Journalist, Politician, Poet, Novelist,
Edmond RostandEdmond Rostand
01 April 1868
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Essayist, Screenwriter

Paul LangevinPaul Langevin
23 January 1872
Physicist, Professor, Chemist, Philosopher of
George du MaurierGeorge du Maurier
06 March 1834
Writer, Illustrator

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

Claude CahunClaude Cahun
25 October 1894
Artist, Photographer, Writer

Alexandre Dumas, filsAlexandre Dumas, fils
27 July 1824
Author

Prosper MériméeProsper Mérimée
28 September 1803
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Historian,
Maurice de VlaminckMaurice de Vlaminck
04 April 1876
Painter, Writer, Sculptor, Graphic artist

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

François MauriacFrançois Mauriac
11 October 1885
Writer, Journalist, Poet, Novelist, Playwright,

Gabriel MarcelGabriel Marcel
07 December 1889
Playwright, Philosopher, Writer, University
François GuizotFrançois Guizot
04 October 1787
Politician, Diplomat, Historian, Translator,

Comte de LautréamontComte de Lautréamont
04 April 1846
Poet, Writer
Freya StarkFreya Stark
31 January 1893
Explorer

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

Camille FlammarionCamille Flammarion
26 February 1842
astronomer, writer, balloonist, science fiction
René ClairRené Clair
11 November 1898
Screenwriter, Actor, Film director, Film producer,

Max JacobMax Jacob
12 July 1876
Painter, Poet, Writer, Literary critic
Louis BlancLouis Blanc
29 October 1811
Journalist, Politician, Historian, Writer

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse KarrJean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
24 November 1808
Journalist, Writer, Novelist

Jean GionoJean Giono
30 March 1895
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist
Louis BachelierLouis Bachelier
11 March 1870
Mathematician, Economist, Non-fiction writer

OuidaOuida
01 January 1839
Novelist
Charles PéguyCharles Péguy
07 January 1873
Poet

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

Georges BernanosGeorges Bernanos
20 February 1888
Author

Jean-Henri FabreJean-Henri Fabre
21 December 1823
Entomologist
Sully PrudhommeSully Prudhomme
16 March 1839
Poet, Writer, Essayist, Diarist
Émile BernardÉmile Bernard
28 April 1868
Painter, Poet, Writer

Pierre LotiPierre Loti
14 January 1850
Writer, Q3349700, Novelist, Essayist, Diarist,

Pierre LouÿsPierre Louÿs
10 December 1870
Poet

Sacha GuitrySacha Guitry
21 February 1885
Screenwriter, Actor, Playwright, Film director,
Léon BloyLéon Bloy
11 July 1846
Writer, Poet, Essayist, Journalist, Novelist,

Maurice DenisMaurice Denis
25 November 1870
Painter, Illustrator, Lithographer, Writer, Art

Zygmunt KrasińskiZygmunt Krasiński
19 February 1812
Poet

Maurice BarrèsMaurice Barrès
19 August 1862
Novelist

Saint-John PerseSaint-John Perse
31 May 1887
Poet, Writer, Diplomat
Henri MichauxHenri Michaux
24 May 1899
Painter, Poet, Writer

Henri BarbusseHenri Barbusse
17 May 1873
Writer, Journalist, Esperantist, Screenwriter,
Jean GiraudouxJean Giraudoux
29 October 1882
Playwright, Screenwriter, Diplomat, Novelist,

Henry de MontherlantHenry de Montherlant
20 April 1895
Essayist
Pierre Drieu La RochellePierre Drieu La Rochelle
03 January 1893
Writer
Eugène SueEugène Sue
26 January 1804
Novelist