Jules Renard

Jules Renard (1864-1910) was a French author and member of the Académie Goncourt, most famous for the works Poil de Carotte (Carrot hair) (1894) and Histoires naturelles (Natural Histories) (1896). Among his other works are Le Plaisir de rompre (The Pleasure of Breaking) (1898) and Huit jours à la campagne (Eight Days in the Countryside) (1906).


  • “Directly or indirectly, Renard is at the origin of contemporary literature.”

    —Jean-Paul Sartre

  • “Jules Renard’s endlessly amusing journals are available again, and whether read straight through or dipped into at random, they’re a marvel to behold. . . . readers of this work are certainly encouraged to laugh throughout at his singularly savage wit.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • The irresistibly quotable The Journal of Jules Renard, a record of Renard’s development as a writer in fin de siecle France, demonstrates his gift for quips, aphorisms, and striking observations.”


  • “Poetic, amusing, instructive, melancholic—Renard’s writing should find its way to the shelves of writers and lovers of fine writing. How ideal to have sentences like this at hand: ‘In the path, the caterpillar plays a soundless little tune on its accordion.'”

    Shelf Awareness