French literature summaries 2021

French literature summaries 2021

Unknown author

Short summary - Maistre Pierre Pathelin

Charlotte Aisse - Charlotte Aïssé

Short summary - Letters to Mrs. Calandrini

Jean Anouilh. L'Alouette

Short summary - The Lark

Short summary - Traveller Without Luggage

Louis Aragon

Short summary - La Semaine Sainte

Jean-Pierre Hervé-Bazin

Short summary - Le Matrimoine

Short summary - Anatomy of a single divorce

Honoré de Balzac

Short summary - Gobseck

Short summary - The Wild Ass's Skin - The Skin of Shagreen

Short summary - Père Goriot - Le Père Goriot

Short summary - Eugénie Grandet

Short summary - The Splendors And Miseries Of Courtesans

Short summary - Lost Illusions - Illusions perdues

Short summary - The Chouans - Les Chouans

Henri Barbusse

Short summary - Under Fire

Hercule Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac

Short summary - A Voyage to the moon: with some account of the Solar World - Histoire comique des états et empires de la lune and Histoire comique des états et empires du soleil

Georges Bernanos

Short summary - Under the Sun of Satan - Sous le soleil de Satan

Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre

Short summary - Paul and Virginia - Paul et Virginie

Simone de Beauvoir

Short summary - The Pretty Pictures - Les Belles Images

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Short summary - The Marriage of Figaro - La Folle Journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro

Short summary - The Barber of Seville - Le Barbier de Séville

Short summary - The Guilty Mother - L'Autre Tartuffe, ou la Mère coupable

Nicolas Restif de la Bretonne

Short summary - The perverted peasant - Le Paysan perverti, ou Les dangers de la ville

Louis Henri Boussenard

Short summary - Capitaine Casse-Cou

Michel Butor

Short summary - Second Thoughts - La Modification

Denis Vairasse

Short summary - History of Sevarambes

Jules Gabriel Verne

Short summary - The Mysterious Island - L'Île Mystérieuse

Short summary - The Children of Captain Grant - Les Enfants du capitaine Grant

Short summary - Dick Sand, A Captain at Fifteen - Un capitaine de quinze ans

Short summary - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas - Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers: Tour du monde sous-marin

Short summary - Around the World in Eighty Days - Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours

Boris Vian

Short summary - Froth on the Daydream - L'Écume des jours

Alfred de Vigny

Short summary - Henri Coiffier de Ruzé, Marquis of Cinq-Mars

Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues

Short summary - Introduction to an Understanding of the Human Mind

Short summary - Reflections and Maxims

Voltaire, pseudonym of François-Marie Arouet

Short summary - Candide: or, The Optimist

Short summary - The Virgin of Orleans: or, Joan of Arc

Short summary - Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet

Short summary - Zadig; or, The Book of Fate

Short summary - The Ingenuous

Short summary - Micromégas

Antoine (or Anthony) Hamilton

Short summary - Memoirs of Count Grammont

Roger Martin du Gard

Short summary - The Thibaults

Romain Gary

Short summary - The Roots of Heaven

Gabriel de Guilleragues

Short summary - The Portuguese Letters: Love Letters of a Nun to a French Officer

Goncourt brothers - Edmond and Jules

Short summary - Germinie Lacerteux

Théophile Gautier

Short summary - Captain Fracasse

Victor Hugo

Short summary - Notre-Dame de Paris - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Short summary - Les Misérables

Short summary - The Man Who Laughs

Short summary - Ninety-Three

Short summary - Hernani

Short summary - Castigations

Joris-Karl Huysmans

Short summary - À rebours

Denis Diderot

Short summary - La Religieuse - The Nun or Memoirs of a Nun

Short summary - Rameau's Nephew

Short summary - The Indiscreet Jewels

Alphonse Daudet

Short summary - Tartarin of Tarascon

Short summary - The Game of Billiards

Maurice Druon

Short summary - The Possessors - Les Grandes familles

Alexandre Dumas

Short summary - The Three Musketeers

Short summary - The Count of Monte Cristo

Short summary - Queen Margot, or Marguerite de Valois

Short summary - Twenty Years After

Short summary - The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later

Marguerite Duras

Short summary - The Lover

André Gide

Short summary - The Counterfeiters

Jean Giraudoux

Short summary - Siegfried et le Limousin

Short summary - The Trojan War Will Not Take Place

Émile Zola

Short summary - Germinal

Short summary - The ladies's paradise

Short summary - L'Argent - Money

Short summary - Doctor Pascal - Le Docteur Pascal

Short summary - L'Assommoir

Short summary - Les Rougon-Macquart

Short summary - Madeleine Férat

Short summary - Pot-Bouille

Short summary - Nana

Short summary - The Joy of Living - La joie de vivre

Short summary - A Love Episode - A Page of Love

Short summary - L'Œuvre

Short summary - Thérèse Raquin

Short summary - The Beast Within or The Beast in Man - La Bête humaine

Short summary - The Belly of Paris - Le Ventre de Paris

Eugène Ionesco

Short summary - Rhinoceros

Short summary - The Bald Soprano

Short summary - The Chairs - Les Chaises

Jacques Cazotte - Jean-Jacques Casot (Jean-Joseph)

Short summary - The Devil in Love

Albert Camus

Short summary - Caligula

Short summary - The Myth of Sisyphus

Short summary - The State of Siege

Short summary - The Fall

Short summary - The Stranger

Short summary - The Plague

Raymond Queneau

Short summary - Zazie in the Subway - Zazie dans le métro

Short summary - Odile

Paul Claudel

Short summary - The Satin Slipper; or, The Worst Is Not Always Certain

Jean Cocteau

Short summary - The Infernal Machine

Short summary - Orpheus

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

Short summary - Chéri

Benjamin Constant - Henri-Benjamin Constant de Rebecque

Short summary - Adolphe

Pierre Corneille

Short summary - Le Cid

Short summary - Horace

Short summary - L'Illusion Comique

Short summary - Nicomède

Short summary - Rodogune

Short summary - Cinna - Cinna, ou la clémence d’Auguste

Charles De Coster

Short summary - The Legend of Thyl Ulenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak

Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon

Short summary - The wanderings of the heart and mind: or memoirs of Mr. de Meilcour

Jean De La Bruyere

Short summary - The Characters, Or, The Manners Of The Present Age

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Short summary - Les Liaisons dangereuses

Frederic Laloux

Short summary - Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness

Marie-Madeleine, comtesse de La Fayette

Short summary - The Princesse de Clèves

Jean de La Fontaine

Short summary - Selected Fables

Alain-René Lesage

Short summary - The Lame Devil

Short summary - Turcaret (or Le Financier)

Short summary - Gil Blas de Santillane

Paien de Maisieres

Short summary - The Mule Without a Bridle

Hector-Henri Malot (Hector Malot)

Short summary - Without Family - Nobody's Boy

André Malraux

Short summary - The Conquerors

Short summary - The Royal Way

Pierre de Marivaux

Short summary - The life of Marianne: or, the adventures of the Countess of ***

Jean Meslier

Short summary - Testament

Prosper Mérimée

Short summary - Arsène Guillot

Short summary - La Venus D'Ille

Short summary - The Blue Room

Short summary - Carmen

Short summary - Lokis

Short summary - Mateo Falcone

Short summary - Sur le Vampirisme

Short summary - Tamango

Short summary - A Chronicle of the Reign of Charles IX

Short summary - The Etruscan Vase

Robert Merle

Short summary - Behind the glass

Short summary - The Island

Short summary - The Day of the Dolphin

Louis-Sébastien Mercier

Short summary - The Year 2440

Short summary - Le Tableau de Paris

Maurice Maeterlinck

Short summary - Monna Vanna

Short summary - Princess Maleine

Short summary - The Blue Bird

Short summary - The Blind

Short summary - Interior

Molière - Jean-Baptiste Poquelin

Short summary - Dom Juan

Short summary - The Middle Class Gentleman - The Bourgeois Gentleman or The Middle-Class Aristocrat or The Would-Be Noble

Short summary - The Misanthrope, or the Cantankerous Lover

Short summary - The Imaginary Invalid

Short summary - Scapin the Schemer

Short summary - The Miser, or the School for Lies

Short summary - Tartuffe, or The Impostor, or The Hypocrite

Short summary - The School for Wives

Short summary - The School for Husbands

Michel de Montaigne

Short summary - Essays

Montesquieu

Short summary - The Spirit of Laws

Short summary - Persian Letters

Guy de Maupassant

Short summary - In the Wood

Short summary - The Vendetta

Short summary - Looking back

Short summary - A Meeting

Short summary - The Rose-Bush of Madame Husson - Le Rosier de Madame Husson

Short summary - My Uncle Jules

Short summary - A Woman's Life

Short summary - Saved

Short summary - Clochette

Short summary - Mademoiselle Perle

Short summary - Dear Friend - Bel-Ami

Short summary - Decorated!

Short summary - The adornment

Short summary - The Terror - Lui?

Short summary - The Horla - Le Horla

Short summary - Boule de Suif (Ball of Fat) - Boule de suif

Short summary - Christmas Night - Nuit de Noël

Short summary - Châli

François Mauriac

Short summary - The Knot of Vipers - Vipers' Tangle

Short summary - The Unknown Sea

Short summary - Thérèse Desqueyroux

André Maurois

Short summary - Myrrhine

Short summary - Thanatos Palace Hotel (adapted as an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour)

Short summary - Whatever Gods May Be - Climats

Short summary - Wednesday's Violets

Alfred de Musset

Short summary - The Confession of a Child of the Century

Margaret of Valois-Angoulême - Marguerite de Navarre

Short summary - Heptaméron

Charles Nodier

Short summary - Jean Sbogar

Blaise Pascal

Short summary - Pensées

Short summary - The Provincial Letters

Charles Perrault

Short summary - Mother Goose Tales

Short summary - Cinderella

Short summary - Little Red Riding Hood

Short summary - Sleeping Beauty

Short summary - The Master Cat, Or Puss in Boots

Abbé Prévost - Antoine François Prévost d'Exiles

Short summary - Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut

Marcel Proust - Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust

Short summary - Albertine disparue

Short summary - In Search of Lost Time

Short summary - The Captive

Short summary - Swann's Way

Short summary - Within a Budding Grove

Short summary - Cities of the Plain - Sodom and Gomorrah

Short summary - The Guermantes Way

Willem die Madoc maecte

Short summary - Van den vos Reynaerde

Guillaume de Lorris/Jean de Meun (Meung)

Short summary - Le Roman de la Rose (The Romance of the Rose)

François Rabelais

Short summary - Gargantua and Pantagruel

Jean Racine

Short summary - Phèdre

Short summary - Andromaque

Short summary - Berenice

Short summary - Britannicus

Short summary - Athalie

Short summary - Iphigénie

Alain Robbe-Grillet

Short summary - In the labyrinth

Romain Rolland

Short summary - Colas Breugnon

Short summary - L'Âme enchantée (The Enchanted Soul)

Short summary - Jean-Christophe

Edmond Rostand

Short summary - Cyrano de Bergerac

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Short summary - Julie; or, The New Heloise (Julie, ou la nouvelle Héloïse)

Short summary - Confessions

Rutebeuf (or Rustebuef)

Short summary - The Miracle of Theophilus

Françoise Sagan

Short summary - Hello Sadness - Bonjour Tristesse

Short summary - Sunlight on Cold Water

Short summary - Do you like Brahms... - Aimez-vous Brahms...

Marquis de Sade

Short summary - Justine, or The Misfortunes of Virtue

Short summary - Florville and Courval

Short summary - Eugénie de Franval

George Sand - Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin

Short summary - Countess Of Rudolstadt - La Comtesse de Rudolstadt

Short summary - Indiana

Short summary - Consuelo

Short summary - Mauprat

Short summary - Ce que disent les fleurs - What the flowers say

Short summary - Horace

Short summary - The Gallant Lords of Bois-Dore or The Fine Gentlemen of Bois-Dore

Nathalie Sarraute - Nathalie Ilyanova Tcherniak

Short summary - The Golden Fruits

Jean-Paul Sartre

Short summary - The Devil and the Good Lord

Short summary - The Flies - Les Mouches

Short summary - The Respectful Prostitute

Short summary - The Wall

Short summary - Nausea

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Short summary - Journey to the End of the Night

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Short summary - The Little Prince

Short summary - Wind, Sand and Stars

Georges Simenon

Short summary - Maigret Hesitates

Claude Simon

Short summary - The Flanders Road

Paul Scarron

Short summary - Le Jodelet

Short summary - Roman comique - Comic Novel

Eugène Scribe

Short summary - The Glass of Water: or, Effects and Causes

Charles Sorel

Short summary - Histoire comique de Francion

Germaine de Staël - Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein

Short summary - Corinne, or Italy

Stendhal - Marie-Henri Beyle

Short summary - Vanina Vanini

Short summary - The Red and the Black

Short summary - The Charterhouse of Parma

Eugène Sue

Short summary - The Mysteries of Paris

Unknown (self-attributed to Luce de Gat and Helie de Boron)

Short summary - Prose Tristan

Gédéon Tallemant des Réaux

Short summary - Historiettes

Chrétien de Troyes

Short summary - Yvain, the Knight of the Lion

Turoldus or Turold

Short summary - The Song of Roland

François Fénelon - François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon

Short summary - The Adventures of Telemachus, the Son of Ulysses

Gustave Flaubert

Short summary - Madame Bovary

Short summary - Salammbô

Short summary - Sentimental Education

Short summary - A Simple Heart

Anatole France

Short summary - Penguin Island

Short summary - The Revolt of the Angels

Short summary - A Chronicle of Our Own Times - L'Histoire contemporaine

Short summary - The Daughter of Lilith - La Fille de Lilith

Short summary - Thaïs

Friedrich Heinrich Karl de la Motte, Baron Fouqué

Short summary - Galgenmannlein

Antoine Furetière

Short summary - Le Roman bourgeois

François-René de Chateaubriand

Short summary - René

Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt

Short summary - Ulysses from Baghdad

Philippe Hériat

Short summary - Famille Boussardel

Marguerite Yourcenar

Short summary - The Abyss