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Alphonse Daudet, 1840-1897

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 1840
Place of Birth: Nimes
Date of Death: 1897
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Alphonse Daudet, father of Leon Daudet, was a poet and author. He married Julia Allard in 1867.


Daudet began his career as a schoolmaster but soon abandoned it for a literary career. His first public success was in 1858 with a small volume of poems Les Amoureuses. A few years later his extensive travels in Corsica, Sardinia, Algeria and Provence led to his memoir Impressions et Souvenirs (1862). Daudet was a prolific novelist who is sometimes compared with Dickens in tone and subject matter; these works include Le Nabab (1877), Les Rois en exil (1879), Numa Roumestan (1881), Sapho (1884), L'Immortel (1888). He also wrote for the stage, finding success with works such as Trente ans de Paris (1887), and Souvenirs d'un homme de lettres (1888). He was a member of the Académie Goncourt from its foundation in 1896 until his death.


Dictionnaire de Biographie Française, vol. 10, Paris, 1965; Monneret, S., L'Impressionisme et son époque, Paris, 1978-79.