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I am a student from California who has aspirations to pursue a graduate degree in French literature in order to become a university professor in the future. I want to widen my understanding of French literature and deepen my linguistic capacity by reading the works written by the language's greatest geniuses.

Thus far, I have read Madame Bovary de Gustave Flaubert, Du côté de chez Swann et À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleur de Marcel Proust and Les Liaisons dangereuses de Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.

Any French student who is well-read, could you construct a list for me of books that would be necessary to study in order to have a refined understanding of your language's literature? what I would need to know to be a proper man of letters in French?
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Renaud de Beaujeu, Le Bel Inconnu
Emile Zola, Thérèse Raquin, La Débâcle
Prévost, Manon Lescaut
Diderot, Le supplément au voyage de Bougainville, Le neveu de Rameau
Beaumarchais, Le Barbier de Séville, Le Mariage de Figaro, La Mère coupable
Claire de Duras, Ourika
Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du mal, Le spleen de Paris
Gustave Flaubert, L'Education sentimentale
Labé, Oeuvres complètes
Ronsard, Discours des misères de ce temps
Pascal, Pensées
Molière, Le Tartuffe, Le Misanthrope, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Racine, Bérénice, Britannicus, Andromaque, Phèdre
Lafayette, La Princesse de Clèves
Simone de Beauvoir, L'Invitée, Le Sang des autres, Les Mandarins
Jean-Paul Sartre, La Nausée, L'Etre et le néant, Les Mots
Sophie Calle, M'as-tu vue
Marcel Proust, A la recherche du temps perdu
Assia Djebar, Le blanc de l'Algérie, La femme sans sépulture
Elie Wiesel, La Nuit
Robert Antelme, L'Espèce humaine
Irène Némirovsky, Suite française
Rousseau, Du contrat social
Montesquieu, Lettres persanes
Honoré de Balzac, Cousine Bette
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I would add:

Stendhal, Le Rouge et le Noir
Balzac, La Peau de Chagrin, Le père Goriot
Camus, Caligula, La Peste, L'Étranger, Le Malentendu, Le Mythe de Sisyphe
Hugo, Les Misérables, Notre Dame de Paris, Le Dernier Jour d'un condamné, Ruy Blas
Maupassant, Le Horla, Une partie de Campagne, Boule de Suif, Bel-Ami,
La Fontaine, Fables
Marivaux, L'ile des Esclaves
Bazin, Vipère au poing
Voltaire, Candide
Corneille, Horace
Châteaubriant, Mémoires d'outre-tombe
Montaigne, Essais
Rabelais, Gargantua

And anything by Molière is good but I would especially suggest Dom Juan, Le Malade imaginaire, L'Avare, l'Ecole des femmes, Les Précieuses ridicules, Le Médecin malgré lui, Les fourberies de Scapin and Les Femmes savantes
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Hi! I've applied to university for French and Arabic
Aside from these book recommendations - I'd love to know your opinion on Les Liasons Dangereux ! I'm currently about half way through
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(Original post by 221Breezeblocks)
Hi! I've applied to university for French and Arabic
Aside from these book recommendations - I'd love to know your opinion on Les Liasons Dangereux ! I'm currently about half way through
I had to read it in high school last year and even though I was supposed to, I didn't finish. The story is amazing, I would really recommend it, it's just that I didn't really the epistolary style. However I went to the theater in Paris to see it with my class and I loved it! The really unique thing to me is that Laclos is able to instanly adapt his writing to the character. You can say right away if the letter is from Cécile or Madame de Merteuil. That's also why there has always been this ambiguity about whether the letters were real or not!
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(Original post by Cecyl01)
I had to read it in high school last year and even though I was supposed to, I didn't finish. The story is amazing, I would really recommend it, it's just that I didn't really the epistolary style. However I went to the theater in Paris to see it with my class and I loved it! The really unique thing to me is that Laclos is able to instanly adapt his writing to the character. You can say right away if the letter is from Cécile or Madame de Merteuil. That's also why there has always been this ambiguity about whether the letters were real or not!
That's amazing that you able to see it at the theatre ! And I totally agree with you. I too find it amazing, and I love the over the top, hyperbolic style - I often find myself laughing at the sheer daring and manipulation of Valmont
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Voltaire, Candide
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