France has been the breeding ground of the world’s greatest literary figures and intellectuals. The country has produced some of the finest works and often served as the initiator of new trends in European literature. Interestingly, it is these trends that have passed on to the world, thus becoming a global trend in literature. While French novels and short stories are widely read and translated, French drama has been equivocally appreciated for the finesse that they possess. Tracing it roots way back to the 12th century, French theatre has a come a pretty long way since its Middle Age and Renaissance days. With its eventful history and glorious past, much of the opulence and magnificence that the theatre of France today enjoys is due to the work of proficiently talented French playwrights. And if you don’t believe us, check this. France has been the address of some of the world’s greatest playwrights like Alexander Dumas, Charles Riviere Dufresny, Emile Augier, Eugène Brieux, Victorien Sardou, Thomas Corneille, Alfred Jarry, Jean Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Antonin Artaud and so on. A key trademark of their work is an intense plot that is embroidered by a tight yet crisp story and dramatic dialogues. With this segment, explore the life and works of some of the greatest French playwrights.
Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas
24 July 1802
 
Jules VerneJules Verne
08 February 1828
Writer

Honoré de BalzacHonoré de Balzac
20 May 1799
French Novelist and Playwright

Denis DiderotDenis Diderot
05 October 1713
Philosopher

Gustave FlaubertGustave Flaubert
12 December 1821
Novelist, Writer

Cyrano de BergeracCyrano de Bergerac
06 March 1619
Dramatist and Playwright
Antonin ArtaudAntonin Artaud
04 September 1896
Dramatist, Poet, Essayist, Actor, & Theatre

Jean GenetJean Genet
19 December 1910
Novelist

Alphonse DaudetAlphonse Daudet
13 May 1840
Novelist, Short story writer, playwright, poet
Alfred de MussetAlfred de Musset
11 December 1810
Dramatist, Poet, Novelist

Alfred de VignyAlfred de Vigny
27 March 1797
Poet, Playwright, Novelist
Alejandro JodorowskyAlejandro Jodorowsky
17 February 1929
Writer, Film director, Actor, Playwright,

Marguerite DurasMarguerite Duras
04 April 1914
Writer, Film director, Screenwriter, Publisher,

Alexandre Dumas, filsAlexandre Dumas, fils
27 July 1824
Author

Alain BadiouAlain Badiou
17 January 1937
Philosopher, Novelist, Playwright, Editor,

Jean RacineJean Racine
22 December 1639
Dramatist
Tristan TzaraTristan Tzara
16 April 1896
Art collector, Poet, Writer, Diplomat, Film

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

Boris VianBoris Vian
10 March 1920
Polymath, Singer, Poet, Trumpeter, Lyricist,

Alfred JarryAlfred Jarry
08 September 1873
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Novelist
Philippe de RothschildPhilippe de Rothschild
13 April 1902
Winegrower, Screenwriter, Socialite, Racecar

Edmond RostandEdmond Rostand
01 April 1868
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Essayist, Screenwriter
Marcel PagnolMarcel Pagnol
28 February 1895
Novelist

Maryse CondéMaryse Condé
11 February 1937
Novelist

Gao XingjianGao Xingjian
04 January 1940
Writer, Painter, Translator, Novelist, Playwright,
Gabriel MarcelGabriel Marcel
07 December 1889
Playwright, Philosopher, Writer, University

Prosper MériméeProsper Mérimée
28 September 1803
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Historian,
Yasmina RezaYasmina Reza
01 May 1959
Actor, Linguist, Translator, Playwright, Novelist,

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

Roland ToporRoland Topor
07 January 1938
Painter, Actor, Screenwriter, Writer, Novelist,
Éric-Emmanuel SchmittÉric-Emmanuel Schmitt
28 March 1960
Playwright, Literary historian, Writer,

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Jean AnouilhJean Anouilh
23 June 1910
Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer
Raymond QueneauRaymond Queneau
21 February 1903
Poet, Playwright, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,

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

Jean PoiretJean Poiret
17 August 1926
Actor

Henry de MontherlantHenry de Montherlant
20 April 1895
Essayist
Sacha GuitrySacha Guitry
21 February 1885
Screenwriter, Actor, Playwright, Film director,
Madeleine de ScudéryMadeleine de Scudéry
15 November 1607
Writer

Georges FeydeauGeorges Feydeau
08 December 1862
Playwright

Jean GiraudouxJean Giraudoux
29 October 1882
Playwright, Screenwriter, Diplomat, Novelist,

Octave MirbeauOctave Mirbeau
16 February 1848
Novelist, playwright, journalist, pamphleteer
Fernando ArrabalFernando Arrabal
11 August 1932
Screenwriter, Film director, Actor, Playwright,

Louise-Rose-Etiennette GerardLouise-Rose-Etiennette Gerard
05 April 1871
 

Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-AdamAuguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam
07 November 1838
Writer

Victorien SardouVictorien Sardou
05 September 1831
Dramatist

Jean-Marie Collot d'HerboisJean-Marie Collot d'Herbois
19 June 1749
Actor
Pierre GringorePierre Gringore
1475 AD
Poet

Pierre de MarivauxPierre de Marivaux
04 February 1688
Novelist
Nicolas ChamfortNicolas Chamfort
06 April 1741
Writer

Louis-Sébastien MercierLouis-Sébastien Mercier
06 June 1740
Author

Eugène ScribeEugène Scribe
24 December 1791
French dramatist
Ludovic HalévyLudovic Halévy
01 January 1834
Author

Marcel AyméMarcel Aymé
29 March 1902
Novelist
Arthur AdamovArthur Adamov
23 August 1908
Playwright

Fabre d'ÉglantineFabre d'Églantine
28 July 1750
Actor

Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
14 November 1898
Linguist, Poet, Librarian, Film director,

Zygmunt KrasińskiZygmunt Krasiński
19 February 1812
Poet

Charles Paul de KockCharles Paul de Kock
21 May 1793
Novelist
Aloysius BertrandAloysius Bertrand
20 April 1807
Poet

Théophile de ViauThéophile de Viau
1590 AD
Poet

Alain-René LesageAlain-René Lesage
06 May 1668
Novelist

Jean-François MarmontelJean-François Marmontel
11 July 1723
Historian
Catulle MendèsCatulle Mendès
22 May 1841
Poet

Marie-Claire BlaisMarie-Claire Blais
05 October 1939
Writer
Victor-Henri Rochefort, marquis de Rochefort-LucayVictor-Henri Rochefort, marquis de Rochefort-Lucay
30 January 1831
Writer

Gabriel JosipoviciGabriel Josipovici
08 October 1940
Novelist

Honoré d' UrféHonoré d' Urfé
11 February 1568
Author
Honoré d' UrféHonoré d' Urfé
11 February 1568
Novelist

Tristan BernardTristan Bernard
07 September 1866
Playwright
Thomas CorneilleThomas Corneille
20 August 1625
Dramatist

Jean-Baptiste RousseauJean-Baptiste Rousseau
06 April 1671
Playwright

Paul FortPaul Fort
01 February 1872
Poet
Eugène Marin LabicheEugène Marin Labiche
05 May 1815
Dramatist

Claude MauriacClaude Mauriac
25 April 1914
Author
Jean RichepinJean Richepin
04 February 1849
Poet

Anna Cora MowattAnna Cora Mowatt
05 March 1819
Author

Émile AugierÉmile Augier
17 September 1820
Dramatist

Jean-François de La HarpeJean-François de La Harpe
20 November 1739
Playwright
Charles-Antoine CoypelCharles-Antoine Coypel
11 July 1694
Painter
Prosper Jolyot de CrébillonProsper Jolyot de Crébillon
13 January 1674
Poet

Alexis PironAlexis Piron
09 July 1689
Dramatist

Georges CourtelineGeorges Courteline
25 June 1858
Dramatist

Jules LemaîtreJules Lemaître
27 April 1853
Critic
Jean-Baptiste-Louis GressetJean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset
29 August 1709
Poet

René-Charles Guilbert de PixérécourtRené-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt
22 January 1773
Theatre Director

Henry BernsteinHenry Bernstein
20 June 1876
Playwright

Marcel PrévostMarcel Prévost
01 May 1862
Author

Charles Simon FavartCharles Simon Favart
13 November 1710
Playwright
Isaac de BenseradeIsaac de Benserade
05 November 1613
Poet

Jean-François RegnardJean-François Regnard
07 February 1655
Poet
Tristan l'HermiteTristan l'Hermite
1601 AD
Dramatist

François Hédelin, abbé d'AubignacFrançois Hédelin, abbé d'Aubignac
04 August 1604
Author
Eugene IonescoEugene Ionesco
26 November 1909
Playwright
Roger PlanchonRoger Planchon
12 September 1931
Playwright