Famous French Critics & Connoisseurs

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 1 Roland Barthes

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Famous As: French Literary Theorist & Philosopher
Birthdate: November 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cherbourg-Octeville
Died: March 25, 1980
Born to middle-class parents in France, literary theorist and critic Roland Barthes explored Ferdinand de Saussure’s semiology and influenced fields such as structuralism. His iconic works, such as Mythologies and The Death of the Author, influenced later thinkers. He died of injuries sustained in a road accident at 64.

 2 Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 5, 1713
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Langres, France
Died: July 31, 1784

Denis Diderot revolutionized the Age of Enlightenment as the co-founder of Encyclopédie, which was banned for questioning religion. He had flirted with the idea of joining the theater and becoming a priest, and even studied law, but later devoted himself to languages, literature, and philosophy.

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 3 Jacqueline Roque

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Famous As: choreographer, painter, model
Birthdate: February 24, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris
Died: October 15, 1986

 4 Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 9, 1918

French poet Guillaume Apollinaire was a significant figure of the avant-garde movement. It is believed he had coined the terms Cubism, Surrealism, and Orphism. Known for his iconic poem Chanson du mal-aimé, written after being rejected by a lover, he also developed the typography-based concrete poetry in the collection Calligrammes.

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 5 Joris-Karl Huysmans

Joris-Karl Huysmans.
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Famous As: Writer, Art critic, Novelist
Birthdate: February 5, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: May 12, 1907

 6 Ernest Renan

Ernest Renan
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: February 27, 1823
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tréguier, France
Died: October 2, 1892

 7 Boris Vian

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ville-d'Avray, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Died: June 23, 1959
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 8 George Steiner

George Steiner
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Famous As: Philosopher, Novelist, Writer, University teacher, Literary critic, Journalist
Birthdate: April 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris

 9 Leos Carax

Leos Carax
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: November 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suresnes, France

 10 Charles Maurras

Charles Maurras
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 20, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Martigues, France
Died: November 16, 1952

 11 Darius Milhaud

Darius Milhaud
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Famous As: Classical composer, Conductor, Autobiographer, Musicologist, Music educator, Jazz musician, Music critic, Composer, Pianist, Film score composer
Birthdate: September 4, 1892
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aix-en-Provence
Died: June 22, 1974

 12 Jean Metzinger

Jean Metzinger
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 24, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: November 3, 1956

 13 Adolphe Adam

Adolphe Adam
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: July 24, 1803
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 3, 1856

 14 Louis Aragon

Louis Aragon
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Politician, Poet, Novelist, Art critic
Birthdate: October 3, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris
Died: December 24, 1982

 15 Max Jacob

Max Jacob
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 12, 1876
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Quimper, France
Died: March 5, 1944

 16 Paul Le Flem

Paul Le Flem
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 18, 1881
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Radon, Écouves, France
Died: July 31, 1984

 17 Pierre Schaeffer

Pierre Schaeffer
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Famous As: Composer, Radio personality, Engineer, Musicologist, Music educator, Music theorist, Music critic, Record producer
Birthdate: August 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nancy
Died: August 19, 1995

 18 Gabriel Marcel

Gabriel Marcel
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Famous As: Playwright, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Literary critic, Musician, Music critic
Birthdate: December 7, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: October 8, 1973

 19 Henry Gauthier-Villars

Henry Gauthier-Villars
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 8, 1859
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Villiers-sur-Orge, France
Died: January 12, 1931

 20 Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
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Famous As: Critic
Birthdate: November 24, 1808
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 29, 1890

 21 François Mauriac

François Mauriac
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 11, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: September 1, 1970

 22 Reynaldo Hahn

Reynaldo Hahn
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Famous As: Conductor, Composer, Choreographer, Music critic, Pianist
Birthdate: August 9, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Caracas
Died: January 28, 1947

 23 Hippolyte Taine

Hippolyte Taine
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Famous As: French critic
Birthdate: April 20, 1828
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vouziers
Died: March 5, 1893

 24 Camille Doncieux

Camille Doncieux
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Famous As: painter, model
Birthdate: January 15, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 5, 1879

 25 Frederic Beigbeder

Frederic Beigbeder
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

 26 Daniel Wildenstein

Daniel Wildenstein
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Famous As: Art collector, Art historian, Businessperson
Birthdate: September 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Verrières-le-Buisson
Died: October 23, 2001

 27 Maryse Condé

Maryse Condé
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe

 28 Édouard Glissant

Édouard Glissant
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 21, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sainte-Marie, Martinique
Died: February 3, 2011

 29 Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux

Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 1, 1636
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 13, 1711

 30 Frédéric Ozanam

Frédéric Ozanam
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: April 23, 1813
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: September 8, 1853

 31 Octave Mirbeau

Octave Mirbeau
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 16, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trévières, France
Died: February 16, 1917

 32 Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve

Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
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Famous As: Literary critic
Birthdate: December 23, 1804
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boulogne-sur-Mer
Died: October 13, 1869

 33 Léon Werth

Léon Werth
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 17, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Remiremont, France
Died: December 13, 1955

 34 Joachim du Bellay

Joachim du Bellay
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 1, 1522
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Liré, Orée-d'Anjou, France
Died: January 1, 1560

 35 Ambroise Vollard

Ambroise Vollard
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Famous As: Art Dealer
Birthdate: July 3, 1866
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Denis, Réunion
Died: July 22, 1939

 36 Nicolas Bourriaud

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Famous As: Curator
Birthdate: April 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Niort, France

 37 Philippe Sollers

Philippe Sollers
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Talence, France

 38 Isidore Isou

Isidore Isou
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Botoşani, Romania
Died: July 28, 2007

 39 Julien Benda

Julien Benda
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: December 26, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 7, 1956

 40 René Daumal

René Daumal
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 16, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boulzicourt, Ardennes, France
Died: May 21, 1944

 41 Paul Bourget

Paul Bourget
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 2, 1852
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amiens, France
Died: December 25, 1935

 42 Félix Fénéon

Félix Fénéon
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Famous As: Art critic
Birthdate: June 22, 1861
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: February 29, 1944

 43 Louis Leroy

Louis Leroy
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 1, 1812
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 1, 1885

 44 Edmond de Goncourt

Edmond de Goncourt
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 26, 1822
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: July 16, 1896

 45 Maurice Bardèche

Maurice Bardèche
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Famous As: Art critic
Birthdate: October 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dun-sur-Auron, France
Died: July 30, 1998

 46 Benjamin Fondane

Benjamin Fondane
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 14, 1898
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Iași, Romania
Died: October 2, 1944

 47 Pierre Reverdy

Pierre Reverdy
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 13, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Narbonne, France
Died: June 17, 1960

 48 Maxime Du Camp

Maxime Du Camp
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 8, 1822
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 9, 1894

 49 Philippe Soupault

Philippe Soupault
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Famous As: French writer
Birthdate: August 2, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chaville, France
Died: March 12, 1990

 50 François de Malherbe

François de Malherbe
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1555 AD
Birthplace: Caen, France
Died: October 16, 1628