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Canon: Georges Bataille, Charles Baudelaire, Maurice Blanchot, Céline, Denis Diderot, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Michel Houellebecq, Georges Perec, Pauline Réage, Marquis de Sade

French literary criticism: Sainte-Beuve, Charles Baudelaire

Subgenres: The "frenetic" school of the 1820s/1830s, French pulp fiction, libertine novel, naturalism, nouveau roman, Oulipo

Publishing houses: Obelisk, Olympia, Eric Losfeld, Série Noire

Titles: Princess of Cleves, Le Sopha, conte moral, Thérèse Philosophe, Bijoux Indiscrets, The 120 Days of Sodom, La Religieuse, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, L'Histoire de Juliette, Les Fleurs du mal, Madame Bovary, À rebours, Dom Bougre, The Crimes Of Love, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Le Rouge et le Noir, Gamiani, Artificial Paradises, Salammbô, Le Spleen de Paris, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, Les Diaboliques, La Bête Humaine, The She Devils, Torture Garden, Hell, In Search of Lost Time

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French literature is, generally speaking, literature written in the French language, particularly by citizens of France. For literature written in French by citizens of other Francophone nations see Francophone literature.

During the 20th century, France was more permissive than other countries in terms of censorship, and many important foreign language novels were originally published in France while being banned in America: Joyce's Ulysses (published by Sylvia Beach in Paris, 1922), Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita and William S. Burroughs's Naked Lunch (both published by Olympia Press), and Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer (published by Obelisk Press). Additionally, Paris has been the home-in-exile to two American literary movements: the lost generation and the beat generation.

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Selected list of French literary classics

Fiction

Poetry

Theater

Non-fiction

Literary criticism

Poetry

Main article: French poetry

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