One Hundred Great French Books: From the Middle Ages to the Present


Proving that French literature has been a consistent and powerful source of cultural influence on an international level, this provocative and concise collection of 100 timeless French masterworks spans 10 centuries. Featuring a broad spectrum of literary genres, styles, and formats—with the entertaining inclusion of comic books, detective novels, and science fiction—this illuminating introduction provides cultural and social context to emphasize the importance of each work in literary history. Detailing each author’s background, historical significance, and a focused summary of content, this fresh and lucid compilation offers a rich panorama of one of the most fascinating and influential literatures in the world and will inspire aficionados of great writing to seek out the complete featured masterpieces for themselves.