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,

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

Georges PerecGeorges Perec
07 March 1936
Writer, Film director, Screenwriter, Poet,

Gérard de NervalGérard de Nerval
25 May 1808
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,

Pascal BrucknerPascal Bruckner
15 December 1948
Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Screenwriter
Léon BloyLéon Bloy
11 July 1846
Writer, Poet, Essayist, Journalist, Novelist,

Jean GiraudouxJean Giraudoux
29 October 1882
Playwright, Screenwriter, Diplomat, Novelist,
Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
14 November 1898
Linguist, Poet, Librarian, Film director,

Joseph JoubertJoseph Joubert
07 May 1754
Philosopher, Essayist, Writer

Louis Gabriel Ambroise de BonaldLouis Gabriel Ambroise de Bonald
02 October 1754
Philosopher, Politician, Essayist

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