French literature catapulted to prominence during the Renaissance, a period marked by ‘rebirth’ of beliefs, religion, politics and reasoning. More than the novel or the poetry, it was the short story that was extensively written, completely predominant, in the changing face of French culture. The French short story is characterized by a wide range of story-telling techniques, approaches and emotions; sometimes these stories may be full of sentiment, and sometimes they may be told from a disconnected point of view. ‘Dadaism’, ‘Surrealism’ or ‘Existentialism’, whatever it may be, French literature has given the world some of the most famous short story writers of all time—Guy de Maupassant, Alphonse Daudet and Charles Nodier being some of them. Their writings are sometimes romantic and vivid, and at other times more realistic, showing societal concern. Ranging comprehensively from classical styles to more experimental techniques, these famous French short story writers have become recognized worldwide and their works have been translated into various languages. We provide you a collection of biographies of some of the most famous French short story writers. Continue reading to find out more about their life stories, timelines, and some interesting trivia and facts related to them.

Jules VerneJules Verne
08 February 1828
Guy de MaupassantGuy de Maupassant
05 August 1850
Novelist & Short Story Writer

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

Alphonse DaudetAlphonse Daudet
13 May 1840
Novelist, Short story writer, playwright, poet