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CONTENTS:

The Middle Ages

The 16th century

The 17th century

The 18th century to the Revolution of 1789

From 1789 to the mid-19th century

19th-century thought

The 20th century. From 1900 to 1940

The mid-20th century. Approaching the 21st century



 


French literature
 
 



 
   


The Middle Ages


"Song of Roland"

Gottfried von Strassburg
Wace

Chretien De Troyes  FOUR ARTHURIAN ROMANCES:
"EREC ET ENIDE", "CLIGES", "YVAIN", AND "LANCELOT"


Jean Froissart
Marie De France
Bernard de Ventadour
Jaufre Rudel
Bertran de Born
Arnaut Daniel

"Reynard The Fox"

Guillaume de Lorris
Jean de Meun
Christine de Pisan
Guillaume de Machaut
Eustache Deschamps
Alain Chartier

Francois Villon 
"Ballades"

Robert de Boron
Antoine de la Sale
Geoffroy of Villehardouin
Jean, sire de Joinville
Philippe de Commynes
Jehan Bodel
Adam de la Halle

Peter Abelard "The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise"

Alexander of Hales
Levi ben Gershom (Gersonides)
John of Jandun
John of Mirecourt
Peter Lombard

Nicholas of Autrecourt
William of Auvergne

 

 

 

 


The 16th century


Jean Lemaire de Belges
Marc-Antoine de Muret
Jacques Amyot
John Calvin
Petrus Ramus
Joachim du Bellay
Jean Dorat
Jean-Antoine de Baif
Rémy Belleau
Pontus de Tyard
Jean Bodin
Clément Marot
Maurice Scève
Louise Labé

Pierre de Ronsard  "Poems"
Matisse’s Amours: Illustrations of Pierre de Ronsard’s Love Poems


Jacques Peletier
Etienne Jodelle
Robert Garnier
Théodore-Agrippa d’Aubigné

Francois Rabelais  "
Gargantua and Pantagruel"    BOOK I, BOOK II, BOOK III, BOOK IV, BOOK V
Illustrations by Gustave Dore

Michel de Montaigne  "The  Letters of Montaigne", "The Essays" 
BOOK THE FIRST,   BOOK THE SECOND,   BOOK THE THIRD

Blaise Pascal

René Descartes  
"DISCOURSE ON THE METHOD OF RIGHTLY CONDUCTING THE REASON,
AND SEEKING TRUTH IN THE SCIENCES"

"SELECTIONS FROM THE PRINCIPLES OF PHILOSOPHY"

 

 

 

 


The 17th century


Antoine Furetière
Claude Favre, sieur de Vaugelas
Abbé d’Aubignac
Honoré d’Urfé
Francois de Malherbe
Théophile de Viau
Alexandre Hardy

Pierre Corneille  "The Cid"

Jean Chapelain
Jean de Rotrou
Madeleine de Scudéry
Cyrano de Bergerac
Paul Scarron

François de La Rochefoucauld 
"Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims"

Charles de Saint-Denis, sieur de Saint-Évremond

Molière 
"Tartuffe Or, the Hypocrite", "The Misanthrope",
"The Impostures of Scapin", "The Imaginary Invalid"


Jean Racine  "Phèdre"

Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux

Jean de La Fontaine  "Fables" Illustrations by J. J. Grandville

Marie-Madeleine, comtesse de La Fayette
Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné
Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
Francois de La Mothe-Fénelon
Jean de La Bruyère
Jean-Francois Regnard
Florent Carton Dancourt

Alain-René Lesage  "Gil Blas" 
BOOK I-III, BOOK IV-VII, BOOK VIII-XII

Charles Perrault  "The Tales of Mother Goose" 
PART I, PART II
Illustrated by Gustave Dore

Bernard Le Bovier, sieur de Fontenelle
Pierre de Fermat
Pierre Gassendi
Nicholas de Malebranche

 

 

 

 


The 18th century to the Revolution of 1789

Pierre Bayle

Montesquieu "Persian Letters"

Voltaire
"Candide"  Illustrations Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune  "Age of Louis XIV"

Denis Diderot
"Rameau's Nephew"

Abbé Dubos
Pierre Marivaux

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
"The Marriage of Figaro"

Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée
Michel-Jean Sedaine

Abbé Prévost "Manon Lescaut"

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
"Confessions"
BOOK I-VI, BOOK VII-XII

Claude-Adrien Helvétius
Paul-Henri d’Holbach
Julien de La Mettrie
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre
"Paul and Virginia"

Nicolas-Edme Restif de la Bretonne
Louis-Sébastien Mercier

Donatien-Alphonse-François, comte de Sade

1."Justine"   Illustrations by Mahlon Blaine
2.Illustration of a Dutch printing of the books by the Marquis de Sade
3.
"The 120 Days of Sodom"
4.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom


Etienne Bonnot de Condillac
Jean Le Rond d’Alembert
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

Georges-Louis Leclerc, count de Buffon

 

 

 

 


From 1789 to the mid-19th century


André de Chénier
Mirabeau
Jean-Paul Marat
Maximilien Robespierre
Louis de Saint-Just
Jacques-René Hébert
Gracchus Babeuf

Chateaubriand

Mme de Stael "Corinne, Or Italy"

Charles-Augustin de Sainte-Beuve
Marceline Desbordes-Valmore
Petrus
Borel
Henri de Saint-Simon
Pierre-Jean de Béranger

Alphonse de Lamartine

Victor Hugo "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"  VOLUME I, VOLUME II

Alfred-Victor, comte de Vigny
Alfred de Musset
Gérard de Nerval
Benjamin Constant

Alexandre Dumas
"The Three Musketeers"

Stendhal
George Sand
Charles Nodier
Prosper Mérimée

Honoré de Balzac "Father Goriot"

Eugène Sue

 

 

 

 


19th-century thought


Louis-Gabriel-Ambroise, vicomte de Bonald
Jules Michelet
Alexis de Tocqueville
Joseph de Maistre
Auguste Comte

Ernest Renan
"The Life of Jesus"

Hippolyte Taine
Théophile Gautier
Théodore de Banville
Charles-Marie-René Leconte de Lisle

Charles Baudelaire "The Flowers of Evil"

Edmond and Jules Goncourt

Gustave Flaubert "Madame BovaryPART I, PART II, PART III

Eugène Scribe


Duma
s Alexandre, fils "The Lady of the Camellias"

Eugène-Marin Labiche
Henry-François Becque
Alfred Jarry

Émile Zola "J'accuse" (I accuse)

Guy de Maupassant "Bel-Ami"

Joris-Karl Huysmans
Jules Barbey
Octave Mirbeau

Paul Verlaine "Poems"

Jules Laforgue
Stéphane Mallarmé


Arthur Rimbaud "Poems"

Jean Moréas

Anatole France

Jules Verne
"Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea."
Illustrations by Alphonse de Neuville and Édouard Riou
"The Children of Captain Grant"
Illustrations by Édouard Riou
"The Mysterious Island"
Illustrations by Jules Ferat


Edmond Rostand "Cyrano De Bergerac"

Alphonse Daudet "Tartarin de Tarascon"

 

 

 

 


The 20th century. From 1900 to 1940

Romain Rolland
Charles Péguy
Francois Mauriac
Alain-Fournier
Saint-John Perse
André Gide
Marcel Proust
Paul Claudel
Paul Valéry
Henri Barbusse
Guillaume Apollinaire

André Breton
"Manifesto of Surrealism", "What is Surrealism?",
"Second  Manifesto  of Surrealism"

Louis Aragon
Paul Éluard
Édouard Dujardin
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Pierre-Eugène Drieu La Rochelle
André Malraux
Georges Bernanos
Jean Anouilh

 

 

 

 


The mid-20th century. Approaching the 21st century



Jean Coctea
Vercors
Jean-Paul Sartre
Albert Camus
Simone de Beauvoir
Francoise Sagan
Alain Robbe-Grillet
Nathalie Sarraute
Eugène Ionesco
Jacques Prévert
Claude Lévi-Strauss
Jacques Lacan

Michel
Foucault
Jacques Derrida
Gilles Deleuze
Félix Guattari
Marguerite Duras
Georges Perec
Claude Simon
Georges Simenon
Frédéric Mistral
Robert Merle
Jean-Francois Lyotard
Jean Baudrillard

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry "The Little Prince"
Illustrated by Antoine de Saint Exupery


Henri Bergson "Creative Evolution"

Gabriel Marcel
Emmanuel Levinas
Maurice Merleau-Ponty

 

 
     
       
 

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