Famous French Short Story Writers

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.

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 1 Jules Verne

Jules Verne
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 8, 1828
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French
Died: March 24, 1905
French author Jules Verne, also known as the “Father of Science Fiction,” is best remembered for his legendary adventure novels Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. He also became the world’s second most-translated writer since 1979.

 2 Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac
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Famous As: French Novelist and Playwright
Birthdate: May 20, 1799
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: August 18, 1850

Honoré de Balzac was a French playwright and novelist. Since his works gave a detailed, unfiltered representation of society, Honoré de Balzac is generally considered one of the founders of realism and an important figure in European literature. Renowned for creating multi-faceted characters, Balzac influenced several popular writers like Charles John Huffam Dickens, Émile Zola, Henry James, and Gustave Flaubert.

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 3 Guy de Maupassant

Guy de Maupassant
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Famous As: Novelist & Short Story Writer
Birthdate: August 5, 1850
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: July 6, 1893

Guy de Maupassant was a French author who wrote 300 short stories during his illustrious career. Widely regarded as the father of the modern short story, Maupassant's stories are characterized by economy of style and depicted human lives in pessimistic terms,

 4 Alphonse Daudet

Alphonse Daudet
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Famous As: Novelist, Short story writer, playwright, poet
Birthdate: May 13, 1840
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: December 16, 1897

Alphonse Daudet was a French novelist whose books are still widely read in France. He often collaborated with his wife Julia Daudet, a famous writer, poet, and journalist. Today, several schools and colleges in France are named in his honor.

 5 Pierre Drieu La Rochelle

Pierre Drieu La Rochelle
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 3, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: March 15, 1945

 6 Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam

Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 7, 1838
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: August 19, 1889

 7 Charles Nodier

Charles Nodier
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 29, 1780
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: January 27, 1844
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 8 Paul Morand

Paul Morand
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 13, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: July 24, 1976

 9 Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly

Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 2, 1808
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: April 23, 1889

 10 Nina Berberova

Nina Berberova
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 26, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French, American, Russian
Died: September 26, 1993

 11 Hervé Bazin

Hervé Bazin
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 17, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French
Died: February 17, 1996

 12 Jules Supervielle

Jules Supervielle
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 16, 1884
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French, Uruguayan
Died: May 17, 1960

 13 Jacques Rivière

Jacques Rivière
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 15, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French
Died: February 14, 1925

 14 Emmanuel Roblès

Emmanuel Roblès
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 4, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: February 22, 1995

 15 Marcel Schwob

Marcel Schwob
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 23, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: February 26, 1905

 16 Margaret of Valois-Angouleme

Margaret of Valois-Angouleme
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 11, 1492
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French
Died: December 21, 1549