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Reading in French: A Student's Guide to Francophone Literature & Language Learning

This guide is for students of French language and culture. It offers a selection of books in French including: comics (bandes dessinées) & graphic novels, children's and young adult literature, crime novels, contemporary fiction, and contemporary issues.

Introduction

Lucien-Marie-François Métivet, artist. Eugénie Buffet - Ambassadeurs. 1893. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Reading in French is an exciting way to increase your understanding of the language, and a vital part of learning about Francophone culture. Students at all levels can benefit from picking up publications in French, but it is important to select the appropriate level, and to pick a genre that truly interests you. This will keep your enthusiasm strong as you progress with your studies. This guide directs students to the rich variety of French-language resources at The Library of Congress. It includes a sample of books intended to help both beginning and advanced students. The first section contains a sample of classics of French Literature that are well-suited for students due to their shorter length and more accessible prose: authors such as Guy de Maupassant, Albert Camus and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Editions are given for both French and English languages. There are bibliographies for Bande Dessinée (Comics or BDs) and Romans Graphiques (Graphic Novels); Children's Books; Teen and Young Adult Fiction; True Crime & Mystery; Contemporary Fiction and Contemporary Issues in France. There is also a list of popular French Magazines & Newspapers. Lastly, there is a section on Digital Resources for French Language Learners. To avoid redundancy, in most cases only one language edition is listed. To find both language editions, simply do an author search or click on the author's name in the record link.

The Library of Congress Online Catalog represents a collection of over 18 million catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources in the Library of Congress collections. To locate more French language material please consult our catalog. To find additional materials written by authors you like, do an author search. To locate French journals, magazines and newspapers do a Browse search (Titles beginning with) leaving out the article (e.g., le, la, les). It is important to utilize the "limits" in your search-especially for one word publications. Use the "Add Limits" function for your search as follows: Place of publication (France), Language (French), Type of Material (Periodical or Newspaper). This will drastically improve the relevancy of your search results.