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Alphonse Daudet (1840–1897)

Author of Letters From My Windmill

Includes the names: Alfons Daudet, Alfonse Daudet, Alfonso Daudet, Daudet Alphonse, Альфонс Доде
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Novelist and short-story writer Alphonse Daudet was born on May 13, 1840 in Nimes, France. At the age of 14, he wrote his first novel. He worked as a teacher in Alais, a journalist in Paris, and as a private secretary for Duke de Morny from 1861 to 1865. He married fellow writer Julia Allard in 1867. He enlisted in the army during the Franco-Prussian war. He is primarily remembered for his sentimental tales of provincial life in the south of France. His novel Fromont the Younger and Risler the Elder won an award from the Academie Francaise. He died on December 16, 1897 in Paris. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Letters From My Windmill (Author) 1,172 copies, 17 reviews
Tartarin of Tarascon 627 copies, 9 reviews
Little What's-His-Name 316 copies, 6 reviews
The Monday Tales 189 copies, 6 reviews
Sapho 177 copies, 3 reviews
In the Land of Pain 158 copies, 5 reviews
Tartarin on the Alps (Author) 106 copies, 1 review
The Brave Little Goat of Monsieur Seguin (Contributor) 71 copies, 1 review
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Fromont and Risler 45 copies, 1 review
The works of Alphonse Daudet 44 copies, 1 review
Sapho: Manon Lescaut 41 copies, 1 review
Contes choisis 31 copies
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Port-Tarascon 30 copies, 1 review
Artists' Wives 24 copies, 2 reviews
Numa Roumestan 24 copies, 1 review
Kings in Exile 19 copies
La Belle-Nivernaise 18 copies, 1 review
The Pope's Mule 18 copies, 1 review
I tre libri di Tartarino (Author) 15 copies
The Immortal 14 copies, 1 review
The Little Parish Church 12 copies, 1 review
The Evangelist 10 copies
L'Arlésienne 9 copies
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Robert Helmont 7 copies, 1 review
Werke 4 copies
Daudet 3 copies, 1 review
Le Singe 3 copies
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Wood'stown 1 copy
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The Wreck 1 copy
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A Treasury of Short Stories (Contributor) 272 copies
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Stories to Remember, Volume I (Contributor) 127 copies, 3 reviews
French Short Stories (Contributor) 78 copies
Pearl S. Buck's Book of Christmas (Contributor) 38 copies, 1 review
French Fiction (Contributor) 37 copies
The Penguin Book of French Short Stories (Contributor, some editions) 17 copies
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Alphonse Daudet né en 1840 à Nîmes et mort en 1897 à Paris (France) est un auteur français de romans, récit et nouvelles de moeurs et sentiments principalement inspirés de la Provence. "Les lettres de mon Moulin" (1869) est son oeuvre majeure.

Né d'un père industriel en soierie, il grandit à Nîmes avant que la famille ne s'installe à Lyon ou il est inscrit au Lycée Ampère. La faillite de son père l'empêche de passer son baccalauréat et il devient répétiteur (Maître d'études) au collège d'Alès en 1855.

En 1858, Alphonse Daudet rejoint son frère Ernest à Paris pour tenter d'y faire carrière dans la littérature. Il rencontre alors Frédéric Mistral et collabore à plusieurs journaux. De 1860 à 1865, il est secrétaire particulier du Duc de Morny. S'inspirant de son enfance, il écrit des contes qui rencontrent un certain succès. En 1866 paraissent sous forme de feuilletons dans les journaux les première "Lettres de mon moulin" qui seront compilées dans un recueil en 1969. Parmi celles-ci, certaines histoires deviendront célèbres : La Chèvre de monsieur Seguin, Le Curé de Cucugnan, ...

Daudet réalise également des romans tels que la trilogie de Tartarin de Tarascon (1872 - 1890). Dans ses contes fantaisistes et ses romans de moeurs contemporaines, Alphonse Daudet montre toujours un certain réalisme.

Ayant contracté la syphilis dans ses jeunes années, Alphonse Daudet décède en 1897 de complications liées à cette maladie. Il est enterré au cimetière du Père-Lachaise à Paris.

A sa mort en 1896, Edmond de Goncourt charge, par testament, Alphonse Daudet et Léon Hennique de fonder un groupe littéraire décernant chaque année un prix à un ouvrage écrit en prose. Une bataille juridique s'engagera avec la famille Goncourt jusqu'en 1900. La charge d'Alphonse Daudet sera reprise par son fils Léon et le premier prix de l'académie Goncourt sera attribué en 1903.
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