Find out more about the greatest French Essayists, including Voltaire, Simone de Beauvoir, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Houellebecq and Henri Bergson.
VoltaireVoltaire
21 November 1694
Writer
Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
09 January 1908
Writer

Denis DiderotDenis Diderot
05 October 1713
Philosopher

Henri BergsonHenri Bergson
18 October 1859
Philosopher and Writer

René GirardRené Girard
25 December 1923
Philosopher

Pierre BourdieuPierre Bourdieu
01 August 1930
Philosopher, Sociologist, Anthropologist,
Michel HouellebecqMichel Houellebecq
26 February 1956
Poet, Film director, Songwriter, Essayist,

Guy DebordGuy Debord
28 December 1931
Film maker, Artist, Philosopher, Film director,

François-René de ChateaubriandFrançois-René de Chateaubriand
04 September 1768
Writer, Politician, Diplomat, Historian, Poet,
Georges PerecGeorges Perec
07 March 1936
Writer, Film director, Screenwriter, Poet,

Tristan TzaraTristan Tzara
16 April 1896
Art collector, Poet, Writer, Diplomat, Film
Romain RollandRomain Rolland
29 January 1866
Writer, Playwright, Essayist, Historian, Novelist,

Michel OnfrayMichel Onfray
01 January 1959
Philosopher, Writer, Historian, Essayist, Audio

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

Gérard de NervalGérard de Nerval
25 May 1808
Writer

Albert MemmiAlbert Memmi
15 December 1920
Writer
Robert FaurissonRobert Faurisson
25 January 1929
Essayist, Faculty, University teacher, Writer,

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

Charles PéguyCharles Péguy
07 January 1873
Poet

Pierre LotiPierre Loti
14 January 1850
Writer, Q3349700, Novelist, Essayist, Diarist,
Léon BloyLéon Bloy
11 July 1846
Writer, Poet, Essayist, Journalist, Novelist,

Pascal BrucknerPascal Bruckner
15 December 1948
Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Screenwriter
Jean GiraudouxJean Giraudoux
29 October 1882
Playwright, Screenwriter, Diplomat, Novelist,

Pierre Drieu La RochellePierre Drieu La Rochelle
03 January 1893
Writer

Henry de MontherlantHenry de Montherlant
20 April 1895
Essayist
Julien GreenJulien Green
06 September 1900
Writer

Vernon LeeVernon Lee
14 October 1856
Writer
Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
14 November 1898
Linguist, Poet, Librarian, Film director,

Edgar FaureEdgar Faure
18 August 1908
Politician

Francis PongeFrancis Ponge
27 March 1899
Essayist
Paul MorandPaul Morand
13 March 1888
Author

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Louis-Sébastien MercierLouis-Sébastien Mercier
06 June 1740
Author
Joseph JoubertJoseph Joubert
07 May 1754
Philosopher, Essayist, Writer

Edgar QuinetEdgar Quinet
17 February 1803
Historian

Stéphane HesselStéphane Hessel
20 October 1917
Diplomat

Andreas CapellanusAndreas Capellanus
1150 AD
Author
Étienne Pivert de SenancourÉtienne Pivert de Senancour
16 November 1770
Essayist
Léon DaudetLéon Daudet
16 November 1867
Journalist

Luc de Clapiers, marquis de VauvenarguesLuc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues
06 August 1715
Author

Charles-François LebrunCharles-François Lebrun
19 March 1739
Statesman

Hervé BazinHervé Bazin
17 April 1911
Writer
Jacques-Nicolas Billaud-VarenneJacques-Nicolas Billaud-Varenne
23 April 1756
Architect

Élie HalévyÉlie Halévy
06 September 1870
Philosopher

André FrossardAndré Frossard
14 January 1915
Journalist

Marie-Claire BlaisMarie-Claire Blais
05 October 1939
Writer

Claude MauriacClaude Mauriac
25 April 1914
Author
Jean-Louis Guez de BalzacJean-Louis Guez de Balzac
31 May 1597
Author

Léon-Paul FargueLéon-Paul Fargue
04 March 1876
Poet
Gustave KahnGustave Kahn
21 December 1859
Poet

Jacques RivièreJacques Rivière
15 July 1886
Writer

Louis Gabriel Ambroise de BonaldLouis Gabriel Ambroise de Bonald
02 October 1754
Philosopher, Politician, Essayist
Charles Du BosCharles Du Bos
27 October 1882
Essayist

Kazimierz BrandysKazimierz Brandys
27 October 1916
Essayist
Pierre, comte DaruPierre, comte Daru
12 January 1767
French military administrator

Jean-Marie Gustave Le ClézioJean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio
13 April 1940
Writer

Jean-Baptiste LouvetJean-Baptiste Louvet
12 June 1760
Novelist

Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'ArgensJean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens
24 June 1704
Author

Jean-Marie Collot d'HerboisJean-Marie Collot d'Herbois
19 June 1749
Actor
Pierre-Claude-François DaunouPierre-Claude-François Daunou
18 August 1761
French statesman