French Classics List

French Classics Book List for 2014-2015

My blog places a particular emphasis on both English and French literary classics. Because I enjoy French literature (and love the French language), I would like to introduce you all to it. I have a list of 20 French classics that I plan to read in the next two years (2014 and 2015). These works are all available in translation, and most can be downloaded on Kindle for free . Personally, I will be reading the novels and plays in French. Some of these works I will be rereading, and some of them you may have already read in English.

And yes, I really do want to read Jules Verne. That’s why I have 4 of his books listed 🙂

Without further ado, here is the list:

  1. Le Père Goriot (Father Goriot) – Honoré de Balzac
  2. Cyrano de Bergerac  – Edmond Rostand
  3. Le Grand Meaulnes (The Lost Estate) – Alain-Fournier
  4. Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  5. Vingt Mile Lieues Sous Les Mers (20000 Leagues Under the Sea) – Jules Verne
  6. Notre Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) – Victor Hugo
  7. Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac
  8. Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black) – Stendhal
  9. Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (A Middle-Class Gentleman) – Molière
  10. Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan
  11. Don Juan – Molière
  12. La Princesse de Clèves (The Princesse de Clèves) – Madame de Lafayette
  13. Tristan et Iseult (The Romance of Tristan and Iseult) – Joseph Bédier
  14. Phèdre – Jean Racine
  15. Voyage au Centre de la Terre (Voyage to the Center of the Earth) – Jules Verne
  16. De la Terre à la Lune (From the Earth to the Moon) – Jules Verne
  17. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  18. A la Recherche du Temps Perdu (In Search of Lost Time) – Marcel Proust
  19. Les Trois Mousquetaires (The Three Musketeers) – Alexandre Dumas
  20. Le Tour du Monde en Quatre-Vingts Jours (Around the World in 80 Days) – Jules Verne

3 thoughts on “French Classics Book List for 2014-2015”

  1. How amazing that you read French! I’ve read the English translation of a few of these (20,000 Leagues, Musketeers, and 80 Days), but there are some here I’ve never heard of before. So cool!

  2. Thanks. After I get my degree in French, I will never be able to take a French course again. I’ve been taking French since I was 6. I include French classics in my list firstly because of a personal need to continue studying French after college and secondly because I want to introduce French classics to the non-Francophone world.

  3. Wonderful list, Fariba! Nice to see some of the lesser known French masterpieces in your list. I have read a few of them in English translation (Le Père Goriot, Le Grand Meaulnes, Le Petit Prince, Les Trois Mousquetaires and three of the Jules Verne novels). I would like to read Le Rouge et le Noir, La Princesse de Clèves, Phèdre and Madame Bovary. And when I am feeling brave enough to tackle it, I want to read ‘A la Recherche du Temps Perdu’ someday 🙂

    I normally am shy about linking back to my blog, but I thought that as you love French literature, you might like this page on my blog. It has reviews of French books and a post on French literature.

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