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Catalog Call Numbers

Find French literature including drama, poetry, and prose in English and in French in these call numbers on the second floor of the Burke Library. You'll also find criticism and history in these classifications. 

PQ1-3999 French literature

PQ1-771 History and criticism

PQ1-150 General

PQ151-221 Medieval. Old French

PQ226-310 Modern

PQ400-491 Poetry

PQ500-591 Drama

PQ601-771 Prose and prose fiction

PQ(781)-841) Folk literature

PQ845 Juvenile literature

PQ1100-1297 Collections

PQ1100-1145 General

PQ1160-1193 Poetry

PQ1211-1241 Drama

PQ1243-1297 Prose

PQ1300-1595 Old French literature

PQ1300-1391 Collections

Individual authors and works

PQ1411-1545 To 1350/1400

PQ1551-1595 (14th-) 15th century (to ca. 1525)

PQ1600-2726 Modern literature

Individual authors

PQ1600-1709 16th century

PQ1710-1935 17th century

PQ1947-2147 18th century

PQ2149-2551 19th century

PQ2600-2651 1900-1960

PQ2660-2686 1961-2000

PQ2700-2726 2001

PQ3800-3999 Provincial, local, colonial, etc.

Call Numbers - French History

Rare books on French history on bookshelf in Burke Library

Find Library of Congress Call Numbers for works related to the History of France in these items on the second floor of the Burke Library.

DC1-947 History of France

DC1-20.5 General

DC21-29.3 Description and travel

DC30-34.5 Antiquities. Social life and customs. Ethnography  

DC35-424 History

DC35-41 General

DC44-59.8 Military, naval, and political history. Foreign relations

DC60-424 By period

DC60-109 Early and medieval to 1515

DC62-64 Gauls. Celts. Franks  

DC64.7-94 476-1328. Merovingians. Carlovingians. Capetians

DC95-109 1328-1515

DC96-101.7 Hundred Years’ War, 1339-1453

DC101.9-109 15th century. Jeanne d’Arc, Saint

DC110-433 Modern, 1515

DC111-120 1515-1589. 16th century

DC118 Massacre of St. Bartholomew, 1572

DC120.8-130 1589-1715. Henri IV, Louis XIII, Louis XIV

DC131-138 1715-1789. 18th century. Louis XV, Louis XVI

DC139-249 Revolutionary and Napoleonic period, 1789-1815

DC251-354.9 19th century

DC256-260 Restoration, 1815-1830

DC261-269 July Revolution of 1830. July Monarchy, 1830-1848  

DC270-274.5 February Revolution and the Second Republic

DC275-280.5 Second Empire, 1852-1870

DC281-326.5 Franco-German or Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871

DC330-354.9 Later 19th century DC361-424 20th century

DC397 1940-1946

DC398-409 Fourth Republic, 1947-1958

DC411-424 Fifth Republic, 1958

DC425-433 21st century

DC600-801 Local history and description

DC601.1-609.83 North, East, etc. France

DC611 Regions, provinces, departments, etc., A-Z

DC701-790 Paris DC801 Other cities, towns, etc., A-Z

DC921-930 Andorra DC941-947 Monaco

Information from Britannica Online Encyclopedia

Click this link to learn more about the history, culture, and geography of France. You can also access a dictionary and thesaurus.

French Trendsetter and Author Colette 1873 - 1954

Black and white photo of Colette

Colette, born in 1873 in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, France, lived a highly eventful life that included three marriages, scandalous affairs, and a bohemian lifestyle.  Her varied careers included mime, music-hall performer, wife, mother and renowned author.  By the time of her death in 1954, she had become a national figure and the first woman to be admitted to the highly prestigious Académie Goncourt and Légion d'Honneur.

Famous Quotes by Colette include:

"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm."

"One keeps forgetting old age up to the very brink of the grave."

"You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished. To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly."

"Voluptuaries, consumed by their senses, always begin by flinging themselves with a great display of frenzy into an abyss. But they survive, they come to the surface again. And they develop a routine of the abyss: It's four o clock. At five I have my abyss..."

"And what a delight it is to make friends with someone you have despised."

"But just as delicate fare does not stop you from craving for saveloys, so tried and exquisite friendship does not take away your taste for something new and dubious."

Books by Colette

Famous French Authors

La France a été le foyer de beaucoup d'auteurs talentueux et de grandes œuvres littéraires. Bien que cette liste ne soit pas exhaustive, vous êtes probablement familier avec les noms qui sont répertoriés. Si non, qu'attendez-vous? Consultez le catalogue aujourd'hui.

Honoré de Balzac, 1799 - 1850

French novelist and playwright, he is considered one of the "founding fathers" of realism. Check out his La Comédie Humaine.

Samuel Beckett, 1906 - 1989

Even though he began life as an Irishman,  he did most of his writing in French and moved permanently to Paris in 1937.  In his personal life he is best known for his work with the French Resistance during World War II; in his professional life, he is best known for his play, En attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot).

Cyrano de Bergerac, 1619 - 1655

Best known for Edmond de Rostand's 19th-century play, Cyrano de Bergerac.  He was also a poet.

Albert Camus, 1913 - 1960

While he is often considered the "father" of existentialism, Camus resisted any such label.  The youngest and first African born author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, he is best known for a novel that appears on many high school reading lists, L'Etranger (The Stranger).

Victor Hugo, 1802 - 1885

He described himself as a humanitarian and is best remembered for two novels: Les Misérables (The Miserables) and Notre-Dame de Paris, more popularly known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Alexandre Dumas, 1802 - 1870

The most widely read French author in history, he is best known for:

  • The Three Musketeers
  • The Count of Montecristo
  • The Man in the Iron Mask

Gustave Flaubert, 1821 - 1880

Perhaps his best-known work is Madame Bovary which is considered by most critics as the greatest modern European novel.

Jules Verne, 1828 -1905

Considered one of the first writers of science fiction, his novels include:

  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Around the World in 80 Days

There are many more great French authors including,

  • Molière
  • Emile Zola
  • Stendhal
  • Marcel Proust
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Charles Baudelaire
  • Voltaire
  • Paul Verlaine
  • Jean Racine
  • Denis Diderot
  • Rabelais

French Art and Artists

Reference Material

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

Considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in Europe, construction on the Cathedral began in 1163 and was complete by 1345.


Americans in Paris - The Expatriates

Paris 1925

Paris Scene - 1925

For most of the twentieth century, Paris was viewed as the cultural capital of the world. From the outside, Paris seemed to be teeming with literary and artistic giants who socialized in fashionable salons. The vision exerted a strange attraction upon young and aspiring artists and intellectuals who flocked to the French Capital from all over the world. The pull was particularly strong for American expatriates who chose to be a part of this vibrant and intellectually challenging "home away from home."

Expatriate activity was the highest during the 1920s and described by Gertrude Stein as "The Lost Generation," which was identified with a generation of young men and women who had lived through the devastation of the 1929 stock market crash and "The War to End All Wars." They formed their own communities, sometimes staying for years, and left behind a legacy that remains significant to this day.

Some of the famous and interesting authors who were part of this scene include:

  • Ernest Hemingway
  • F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
  • Sherwood Anderson
  • Henry Miller
  • Gertrude Stein
  • Ford Madox Ford
  • Ezra Pound
  • T.S. Eliot
  • Kay Boyle

Paris in the 1920s

If you're interested in the life the Paris expatriates lived during the Roaring 20s, check out A Moveable Feat by Ernest Hemingway. Published posthumously in 1964, it remains one of his most beloved works and is a classic memoir of Paris in the 20s. It paints portraits of other expatriates such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein. He also provides recollections of his own early experimentation with the craft of writing which made him famous and fondly remembered as a true American author.

Famous Quotes

Faites-vous des amis prompts à vous censurer.

Make friends with those who would be quick to criticize you - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Le plus grand failbe des homes, c'est l'amour qu'ils ont de la vie.

 Man's greatest weakness is his love of life -  Molière

Ce qui manque aux orateurs en profounder, ils vous le donnent en longueur .

 Whatever a speaker is missing in depth, he will compensate for in length - Charles de Secondat, Baron de Monesquieu

Instructional Videos in French

Practice your French by viewing some videos. These can be checked out for three days:

TV Commercials in French - Part 1

Call #: PC2066.T83 1999 Pt.1

TV Commercials in French - Part 2

Call #: PC2066.T83 1999 Pt.2

Other Videos/DVDs of Interest

French Intellectuals in the 20th Century

Four parts divided into two DVDs spanning the birth of the intellectuals: Zola and Proust: The Great War, The rise of Fascism, The Nazi Occupation; The French Communist Party and The Demise of the Prophets.

Available for three-day checkout. 

DC33.7.F4 2004 Pt. 1 & 2 and

DC33.7.F4 2004 Pt. 3 & 4.

The French Revolution on DVD

View a feature-length documentary produced by the History Channel that dramatically reenacts the mob of angry Parisians who stormed the Bastille and unleashed a decade of idealism, murder, and carnage that ultimately brought about the end of feudalism and the hope of a new world order.  Amidst the violence, you will be introduced to King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Maximilien Robespierre, and Napolean Bonaparte while exploring a tumultuous period in Western Civilization.

Check out this DVD for three days:

The French Revolution

Call #: DC 148.F7466 2005