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

ColetteColette
28 January 1873
Novelist

Marcel ProustMarcel Proust
10 July 1871
French novelist
Guy de MaupassantGuy de Maupassant
05 August 1850
Novelist & Short Story Writer

Charles BaudelaireCharles Baudelaire
09 April 1821
Poet

Arthur RimbaudArthur Rimbaud
20 October 1854
Poet

George SandGeorge Sand
01 July 1804
 
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

Alexander BerkmanAlexander Berkman
21 November 1870
Editor
Robert W. ServiceRobert W. Service
16 January 1874
Poet & Writer

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

Élisée ReclusElisee Reclus
15 March 1830
Geographer, Anarchist, Writer
Andre GideAndre Gide
22 November 1869
 
Georges BatailleGeorges Bataille
10 September 1897
Philosopher, Librarian, Poet, Novelist, Writer,

Auguste EscoffierAuguste Escoffier
28 October 1846
Chef

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

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

Allan KardecAllan Kardec
03 October 1804
Writer, Teacher, Philosopher

Georges SorelGeorges Sorel
02 November 1847
Philosopher, Engineer, Sociologist, Writer, Trade
Tristan TzaraTristan Tzara
16 April 1896
Art collector, Poet, Writer, Diplomat, Film

Jacques MaritainJacques Maritain
18 November 1882
Philosopher, Educationist, Writer
Romain RollandRomain Rolland
29 January 1866
Writer, Playwright, Essayist, Historian, Novelist,

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

Joris-Karl HuysmansJoris-Karl Huysmans
05 February 1848
Writer, Art critic, Novelist
Paul LangevinPaul Langevin
23 January 1872
Physicist, Professor, Chemist, Philosopher of

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

Gaston LerouxGaston Leroux
06 May 1868
Journalist, Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter

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

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

Charles MaurrasCharles Maurras
20 April 1868
Author
Jules MicheletJules Michelet
21 August 1798
Historian, Archivist, Writer, Diarist, Professor,

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

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

Edmond RostandEdmond Rostand
01 April 1868
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Essayist, Screenwriter
Gabriel MarcelGabriel Marcel
07 December 1889
Playwright, Philosopher, Writer, University

Alfred JarryAlfred Jarry
08 September 1873
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Novelist
Marcel PagnolMarcel Pagnol
28 February 1895
Theatre director, Film director, Writer,

Claude CahunClaude Cahun
25 October 1894
Artist, Photographer, Writer

Louis AragonLouis Aragon
03 October 1897
Writer, Journalist, Politician, Poet, Novelist,
Prosper MériméeProsper Mérimée
28 September 1803
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Historian,

Freya StarkFreya Stark
31 January 1893
Explorer
François MauriacFrançois Mauriac
11 October 1885
Writer, Journalist, Poet, Novelist, Playwright,

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

François GuizotFrançois Guizot
04 October 1787
Politician, Diplomat, Historian, Translator,
George du MaurierGeorge du Maurier
06 March 1834
Writer, Illustrator

Alexandre Dumas, filsAlexandre Dumas, fils
27 July 1824
Author
Sully PrudhommeSully Prudhomme
16 March 1839
Poet, Writer, Essayist, Diarist

Adah Isaacs MenkenAdah Isaacs Menken
15 June 1835
Actress

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

Maurice de VlaminckMaurice de Vlaminck
04 April 1876
Painter, Writer, Sculptor, Graphic artist
Comte de LautréamontComte de Lautréamont
04 April 1846
Poet, Writer
René ClairRené Clair
11 November 1898
Screenwriter, Actor, Film director, Film producer,

Max JacobMax Jacob
12 July 1876
Painter, Poet, Writer, Literary critic

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

Charles PéguyCharles Péguy
07 January 1873
Poet
Blaise CendrarsBlaise Cendrars
01 September 1887
War correspondent, Journalist, Poet, Writer,

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

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

OuidaOuida
01 January 1839
Novelist

Camille FlammarionCamille Flammarion
26 February 1842
astronomer, writer, balloonist, science fiction
Georges BernanosGeorges Bernanos
20 February 1888
Author

Jean GionoJean Giono
30 March 1895
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist
Jean-Henri FabreJean-Henri Fabre
22 December 1823
Entomologist, Writer, University teacher, Poet

Émile BernardÉmile Bernard
28 April 1868
Painter, Poet, Writer

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

Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
14 November 1898
Linguist, Poet, Librarian, Film director,
Henri BarbusseHenri Barbusse
17 May 1873
Writer, Journalist, Esperantist, Screenwriter,

Julien BendaJulien Benda
26 December 1867
Philosopher, Writer
Anna de NoaillesAnna de Noailles
15 November 1876
Writer, Salon-holder, Poet, Model

Jean RostandJean Rostand
30 October 1894
Philosopher, Biologist, Writer
Jules RenardJules Renard
22 February 1864
writer, aphorist, playwright, novelist, diarist