French Female Novelists

Throughout history, there have been many French female novelists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great French female novelists such as Simone de Beauvoir, George Sand, Marjane Satrapi, Colette, Anna Karina.

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 1 Simone de Beauvoir

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 9, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 14, 1986
French author and existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir is best remembered for her feminist treatise The Second Sex and her novels The Mandarins and She Came to Stay. Her literary contributions also include essays, biographies, and her autobiographical works. She won the Prix Goncourt and the Jerusalem Prize.

 2 Colette

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 28, 1873
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, France
Died: August 3, 1954

Colette was a French author who received a nomination for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. She is remembered for her novella Gigi, which inspired the 1958 movie and the 1973 musical of the same name. Her life and work have inspired several films, including the 2018 biographical drama film Colette, where Keira Knightley played the title role.

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 3 George Sand

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Birthdate: July 1, 1804
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 8, 1876
Nineteenth-century French author Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, better known as George Sand, became a leading figure of the Romantic era of Europe. She is best remembered for works such as La Petite Fadette and had numerous affairs, the most notable of them being the one with composer Frédéric Chopin.

 4 Marjane Satrapi

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Famous As: Graphic Novelist
Birthdate: November 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rasht

Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist, illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author, and film director. Satrapi achieved international recognition in the early-2000s after releasing her critically acclaimed graphic novels. She is best known for writing and directing an animated biographical drama film titled Persepolis, which received nominations at prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globes.

 5 Betsy Drake

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Famous As: Actor, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Stage actor, Television actor, Model
Birthdate: September 11, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris
Died: October 27, 2015

 6 Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras
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Famous As: Writer, Film director, Screenwriter, Publisher, Novelist, Playwright, Autobiographer, Journalist, Poet lawyer, Feminist
Birthdate: April 4, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City
Died: March 3, 1996

 7 Julia Kristeva

Julia Kristeva
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: June 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sliven, Bulgaria
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 8 Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France

 9 Catherine Breillat

Catherine Breillat
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: July 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bressuire,France

 10 Françoise Sagan

Françoise Sagan
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: June 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cajarc, France
Died: September 24, 2004

 11 Irene Nemirovsky

Irene Nemirovsky
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire
Died: August 17, 1942

 12 Kathleen O'Meara

Kathleen O'Meara
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1839 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 10, 1888

 13 Marguerite Yourcenar

Marguerite Yourcenar
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 8, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: December 17, 1987

 14 Anne Wiazemsky

Anne Wiazemsky
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer
Birthdate: May 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin

 15 Yasmina Reza

Yasmina Reza
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: May 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 16 Virginie Despentes

Virginie Despentes
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nancy, France

 17 Emmanuelle Arsan

Emmanuelle Arsan
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Famous As: Writer, Actor, Screenwriter, Model
Birthdate: January 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bangkok
Died: June 12, 2005

 18 Fred Vargas

Fred Vargas
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Famous As: Writer, Archaeologist, Novelist, Historian
Birthdate: June 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris
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 19 Monique Wittig

Monique Wittig
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dannemarie, France
Died: January 3, 2003

 20 Ouida

Ouida
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 1, 1839
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bury Saint Edmunds, England
Died: January 25, 1908

 21 Maryse Condé

Maryse Condé
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe

 22 Liane de Pougy

Liane de Pougy
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Famous As: Vedette
Birthdate: July 2, 1869
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: La Flèche, France
Died: December 26, 1950

 23 Anne Desclos

Anne Desclos
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochefort, France
Died: April 27, 1998

 24 Madame d'Aulnoy

Madame d'Aulnoy
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1651 AD
Birthplace: Barneville-la-Bertran, France
Died: January 4, 1705

 25 Madame de La Fayette

Madame de La Fayette
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 18, 1634
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 25, 1693

 26 Justine Lévy

Justine Lévy
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Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: September 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

 27 Brigitte Fontaine

Brigitte Fontaine
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Morlaix, France

 28 Muriel Barbery

Muriel Barbery
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

 29 Anna Kavan

Anna Kavan
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cannes, France
Died: December 5, 1968

 30 Madeleine de Scudéry

Madeleine de Scudéry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 15, 1607
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Le Havre, France
Died: June 2, 1701

 31 Vernon Lee

Vernon Lee
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 14, 1856
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Died: February 13, 1935

British author Violet Page wrote under the pseudonym Vernon Lee and dressed without inhibitions. Rumors claimed she was a lesbian, though she never stated so. The poet and critic is best remembered for her work on aesthetics, Belcaro. She was also a skilled harpsichord player and a true-blue feminist.

 32 Delphine de Vigan

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

 33 Anna Gavalda

Anna Gavalda
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt

 34 Frieda Lawrence

Frieda Lawrence
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 11, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Grand Est, France
Died: August 11, 1956

 35 Aurelie Filippetti

Aurelie Filippetti
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Villerupt, France

 36 Ludmilla Tchérina

Ludmilla Tchérina
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Famous As: Ballerina
Birthdate: October 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 21, 2004

 37 Elisabeth Beresford

Elisabeth Beresford
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 24, 2010

 38 Amanda Sthers

Amanda Sthers
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

 39 Anna de Noailles

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 15, 1876
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 30, 1933

 40 Marie NDiaye

Marie NDiaye
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pithiviers, Loiret, France

 41 Nadine Trintignant

Nadine Trintignant
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: November 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nice, France

 42 Andrée Chedid

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: February 6, 2011

 43 Nina Berberova

Nina Berberova
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 26, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died: September 26, 1993

 44 Marie-Claire Blais

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quebec, Canada

 45 Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

Marceline Desbordes-Valmore
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 20, 1786
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Douai, France
Died: July 23, 1859

 46 Julie de Lespinasse

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Famous As: FrWriter
Birthdate: November 9, 1732
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: May 23, 1776

 47 Tereska Torrès

Tereska Torrès
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 20, 2012

 48 Jane Dieulafoy

Jane Dieulafoy
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Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: June 29, 1851
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toulouse, France
Died: May 25, 1916

 49 Edmonde Charles-Roux

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: January 20, 2016

 50 Claudine-Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin

Claudine-Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 27, 1682
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grenoble, France
Died: December 4, 1749