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French literature is the literature of France. It also includes literature that is written in French, even if the writer is not from France. There are countries besides France where French is also spoken. These countries include Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Senegal, Algeria, and Morocco. Works that are written in French but not from France are called Francophone literature.

History of French literature

The French language grew out of Latin. French is a Romance language, related to other languages like Spanish and Italian. French was also influenced by the Celtic and Frankish languages.


French Nobel Prize in Literature winners

The following French or French language authors have won a Nobel Prize in Literature:

Selected list of French literary classics

Fiction

  • Middle Ages
    • anonymous - La Chanson de Roland (The Song of Roland)
    • Chrétien de Troyes - Yvain ou le Chevalier au Lion (Yvain, the Knight of the Lion), Lancelot, ou le Chevalier à la charrette (Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart)
    • various - Tristan et Iseult (Tristan and Iseult)
    • anonymous - Lancelot-Graal (Lancelot-Grail), also known as the prose Lancelot or the Vulgate Cycle
    • Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung - Roman de la Rose ("Romance of the Rose")
  • 16th century
    • François Rabelais - Pantagruel, Gargantua
  • 17th century
  • 18th century
  • 19th century
    • Stendhal - Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black), La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma)
    • Honoré de Balzac - La Comédie humaine ("The Human Comedy", a novel cycle which includes Père Goriot and Eugénie Grandet)
    • Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary, Salammbô, L'Éducation sentimentale (Sentimental Education)
    • Edmond and Jules de Goncourt - Germinie Lacerteux
    • Guy de Maupassant - Bel Ami, La Parure (The Necklace), other short stories
    • Émile Zola - Les Rougon-Macquart (a novel cycle which includes L'Assommoir, Nana and Germinal)
  • 20th century
    • André Gide - Les Faux-monnayeurs (The Counterfeiters), The Immoralist
    • Marcel Proust - À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time)
    • André Breton - Nadja
    • Louis-Ferdinand Céline - Voyage au bout de la nuit (Journey to the End of the Night)
    • Colette - Gigi
    • Jean Genet - Notre-Dame-des-Fleurs
    • Albert Camus - L'Étranger (The Stranger)
    • Michel Butor - La Modification
    • Marguerite Yourcenar - Mémoires d'Hadrien
    • Alain Robbe-Grillet - Dans le labyrinthe
    • Georges Perec - La vie mode d'emploi
    • Robert Pinget - Passacaille

Poetry

  • François Villon - Les Testaments
  • Pierre de Ronsard, Joachim du Bellay and other poets of "La Pléiade" - poems
  • La Fontaine - The Fables
  • Victor Hugo - Les Contemplations
  • Alphonse de Lamartine - Méditations poétiques
  • Charles Baudelaire - Les Fleurs du mal
  • Paul Verlaine - Jadis et naguère
  • Arthur Rimbaud - Une Saison en Enfer
  • Stéphane Mallarmé - Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard ("A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance")
  • Guillaume Apollinaire - Alcools
  • Francis Ponge
  • Raymond Queneau

Theater

Non-fiction

  • Michel de Montaigne - The Essays
  • Blaise Pascal - Les Pensées
  • François de La Rochefoucauld - The Maxims
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Discourse on the Arts and Sciences, The Social Contract
  • François-René de Chateaubriand - Genius of Christianity
  • Alexis de Tocqueville - Democracy in America
  • Adolphe Theirs - History of the French Revolution, History of the Consulate and Empire
  • Jules Michelet - Histoire de France, La Sorcière
  • Albert Camus - The Myth of Sisyphus
  • Jean-Paul Sartre - Existentialism is a Humanism, Being and Nothingness

Literary criticism

Poetry

Other pages

  • French culture
  • French art
  • List of French language authors
  • List of French language poets
  • French science fiction
  • Fantastique

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