Many world-famous literary
works hail from the pens of
French authors, including
The Hunchback of Notre
by Victor Hugo,
20,000 Leagues Under the
by Jules Verne, & The
Phantom of the Opera
The very first Nobel Prize in
Literature was awarded in 1901
to French author René-François-
Armand Prudhomme for
his poetic composition.
The 17th-century stories of
Charles Perrault, which were
adapted from older folk
tales, marked the beginning
of the fairy tale genre. His
writings included such
notable tales as
, and Cinderella
The English-language edition
of Harry Potter and the Order
of the Phoenix
1st English-language book
to ever top the bestseller
list in France.
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has a wide array of books about French language and culture
& French learning software.
For books in French or books published
in Europe, check at alibris
for both new and used books from dealers around the globe.
Stories: A Dual Language Book, by
Wallace Fowlie, ed., 352 p. (1990)
10 stories by French literary masters from Voltaire
to Camus. Accurate English translations appear on pages facing the
original French. Also included are a French-English vocabulary list,
oral and writing exercises, and critical introductions to each of
Short Stories/Contes et nouvelles francais du XIXe siecle: A Dual
Language Book, by Stanley Applebaum, ed., 237 p. (2000)
Fairy Tales in Verse and Prose/Les contes
en vers et en prose: A Dual-Language Book, by Charles Perrault,
256 p. (2003)
Fables/Fables Choisies: A Dual-Language Book, by
Jean de la Fontaine, 224 p. (1997)
This volume contains 75 of La Fontaine's fables. Originally
published between 1668 and 1693, these classics of French literature
include the French verses and line-for-line English translations.
Stories include such well-loved favorites as"The Cicada and the
Ant," "The City Rat and the Country Rat," "The
Fox and the Grapes," and many more.
Poets of France: A Bilingual Anthology, by
Lois Simpson, ed., 496 p. (1997)
Short Stories/Les meilleurs contes: A Dual Language Book, by
Guy de Maupassant, 256 p. (1996)
7 of Maupassant's most popular stories in original
French and in English translation: "La Parure," "Mademoiselle
Fifi," "La Maison Tellier," "La Ficelle,"
"Miss Harriet," "Boule de Suif" & "Le
Bilingual Edition of the Major Epics of Victor Hugo, by
Victor Hugo, E. H. Blackmore, A. M. Blackmore, trans., 813 p. (2002)
French Readers, Literary Works & Collections
French Reader, by R. de Roussy de
Sales, 224 p. (2003)
French Reader, by Anne Popping, for
all ages (2001)
French Short Fiction: An Anthology, by Johnnie Gratton, Brigitte
Le Jeuz, eds., 208 p. (1994). The 15 writers included
in this anthology represent the best of the genre. Not only is there
a substantial introduction covering the history of the short story,
thematic trends, developments in narrative technique and the notion
of the genre, but each story also comes with its own preface and notes.
Petits Classiques by Moliére: Le
Tartuffe, 208 p. (2003), L'Ecole
des femmes, 208 p. (2003), Le
bourgeois gentilhomme, 240 p. (2003), Dom
Juan, 207 p. (1998).
Chanson de Roland, by F. Whitehead,
ed., 224 p. (1989)
ou l'optimisme: Et autres contes, by
Voltaire, 303 p. (2000)
mariage de figaro: Comedie en cinq actes, by
Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1999)
poemes en prose, by Charles Baudelaire,
187 p. (1998)
Misérables I, II,
and III by
Victor Hugo (1998)
Trois Mousquetaires, by Alexandre
Dumas, 850 p. (2002)
Comte de Monte-Cristo I and II, by
Alexandre Dumas (1998)
Chouans: Ou la Bretagne en 1799, by
Honoré de Balzac (2002)
Raquin, by Emile Zola, 224 p. (1993)
Tempete, by Aime Cesaire (1969)
de la Mangrove, by Maryse Condé
mon ami, by Raymond Queneau (1972)
Jalousie, by Alain Robbe-Grillet,
129 p. (1989)
About Francophone literature
New Oxford Companion to Literature in French, by
Peter France, 926 p. (1995)
3,000 entries written by an international team of
experts cover 10 centuries of French and Francophone literature. Fully
updated and comprehensive, this is a reference work no serious student
of French literature should be without.
History of French Literature: From Chanson De Geste to Cinema, by
David Coward, 640 p. (2003)
New History of French Literature, by
Dennis Hollier, ed., 1200 p. (1998)
This 2-volume set of 164 essays offers an overview
of French literature from 842 to the present. Authors bring both breadth
and depth to their given themes based on years of specialized research.
Short History of French Literature, by
Sarah Kay, Terence Cave, Malcolm Bowie, 368 p. (2003)
Guide to French Literature: Early Modern
to Postmodern, by Jennifer Birkett, James Kearns, 372 p. (1997)
Literatures: A Literary and Linguistic
Companion, by Laila Ibnlfassi, Nicki Hitchcott, et al., eds.,
304 p. (2001)
of French Literature, by Marilyn S.
Severson, 200 p. (2004)
Cambridge Companion to the French Novel: From
1800 to the Present, by Timothy Unwin, ed., 305 p. (1997)
To Contemporary French Literature, by
John Taylor, 358 p. (2005)
Introduction to Twentieth Century French Literature, by
Victoria Best, 160 p. (2002)
Learning French: Books & CDs
for Children, ages 3 to 9, audio CD,
by Catherine Bruzzone, Clare Beaton (2003)
Book and two 60-minute CDs teach children French through
songs, lively stories, and 80 pages of engaging activities. Fosters
basic language skills, including introductions, counting, and describing
objects. Also includes parent/instructor CD.
Kids French Language Pack, ages 4
to 8, by Berlitz (1998)
Includes The Missing Cat storybook
and CD and First 100 Words, a vocabulary building book, plus a practical
guide for parents on how to teach their kids French.
First Steps in French, up to age 2,
book (80 p.) & audio CD, by Erika Levy
The audio CD surrounds babies with the sounds of French
through soothing lullabies, songs, rhymes, words, and phrases. The
accompanying book for parents is entertaining, informative, and explains
exactly what's going on in their baby's head.
First French Word Book, ages 4 to
8, by Annie Freankland, Angela Wilkes, 64 p. (1998)
Children's French Dictionary, ages
9 to 12, by 128 p. (2005)
French Instructional Software & Multimedia
KidSpeak French CD-ROM,
by Transparent Language.
For all ages. Animated, interactive, with games, puzzles, more.
over 700 words &
Bonjour les amis!, 3 DVD
set, ages 4 to 9. Learn
French through clear,
French for Kids: Learn French
with Pénélope and Pezi Beg,
DVD, teaches basic conver-
sational French through
dialogues, interactive games,
songs, & more.
Brainy Baby French
DVD, ages 2 to 5, for
Interactive flash card
system, games, and
Francais pour debutants,
audio CD. Songs that teach
French vocabulary & phrases.
Uni Verse of Song:
French & English, audio
CD. Sing along with
15 songs, each sung
in two languages.
Sing and Learn French,
audio CD. 20 familiar
songs sung in French.
Le Hoogie Boogie: Louisiana
French Music for Children,
audio CD. Cajun-style French
tunes with written lyrics and
Beth Manners' Magic
French for Kids, audio CD,
ages 2 to 6.
Let's Sing and Learn in
French,audio CD and
song book, ages 3 to 6.
Children's Stories in French
petit prince, ages 4 to 8, by Antoine
de Saint-Exupéry, 96 p. (2001)
petit Nicolas, ages 9 to 12, by Jean-Jacques
Goscinny, René Sempé, 156 p. (1989)
Once you and/or your child have read your way into
the world of "little Nicolas", you can follow him through
his childhood adventures with the other books in the series: Le
petit Nicolas et les copains , Les
vacances du petit Nicolas, Le
petit Nicolas a des ennuis, Les
récrés du petit Nicolas (or Les
récrés du petit Nicolas with 2 audio cassettes).
Aventures de Tintin, ages 9 to 12,
by Hergé (Georges Remi).
The Tintin series by the legendary Belgian artist
Hergé is one of the most popular comics of the 20th century.
Tintin and his dog Milou (Snowy) encounter numerous adventures in
the 24 volumes Hergé produced between 1929 and before his death
in 1983. 1: Tintin
au pays des Soviets, 5: Le
Lotus bleu, 9: L'Oreille
cassée, 16: Objectif
Lune, 17: On
a marché sur la lune, 23: Tintin
et les Picaros, ... more
René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo.
The Astérix comics are among the best known
comics in Europe and have been translated into numerous languages.
The character, created in 1959, is a Gaul warrior living in a fictional
French village around 50 BC who engages in many adventures with his
friend Obelix. The over 30 Astérix volumes include: Astérix
le Gaulois (1961),
et les Goths (1963), Le
Tour de Gaule d'Astérix (1965), Le
Cadeau de César (1974),
chez les Belges (1979), L'Odyssée
d'Astérix (1981), Le
fils d'Astérix (1983), La
Galère d'Obélix (1996), ... more
T'Aimerai Toujours, preschool, by
Robert Munsch, 32 p. (1998)
Harry Potter in French
Potter a l'Ecole des Sorciers, Book
1, by J. K. Rowling.
Potter et la Chambre des Secrets, Book
2, by J. K. Rowling.
Potter et le Prisonnier d'Azkaban, Book
3, by J. K. Rowling.
Potter et la Coupe de Feu, Book 4,
by J. K. Rowling.
Harry Potter et l'Ordre du Phenix, Book
5, by J. K. Rowling.
The French edition of Book 6 will be released soon.
Bilingual French / English Stories for Children
Birthday! / Bon Anniversaire, by Mary
Risk, Jacqueline Jansen, 28 p. (1996)
Everyone / Bonne Nuit á Tous , ages
4 to 8, by Lone Morton, Marie-Therese Bougard, Jakki Wood, 28 p. (1994)
Too Big / Je Suis Trop Gros, by Lone
Morton, Ide Marie Helie, et al., 26 p. (1994)
Finds a Friend / Le Petit Chien se Trouve un Ami , ages
4 to 8, by Catherine Bruzzone, Chrisophe Dillinger, 28 p. (2000)
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