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About the Author: Alphonse Daudet

Alphonse Daudet (13 May 1840 – 16 December 1897) was a French novelist. He was the father of Léon Daudet and Lucien Daudet.

Aphonse Daudet was born in Nîmes, France. His family, on both sides, belonged to the bourgeoisie. The father, Vincent Daudet, was a silk manufacturer — a man dogged through life by misfortune and failure. Alphonse, amid much truancy, had a depressing boyhood. In 1856 he left Lyon, where his schooldays had been mainly spent, and began life as a schoolteacher at Alès, Gard, in the south of France. The position proved to be intolerable. As Dickens declared that all through his prosperous career he was haunted in dreams by the miseries of his apprenticeship to the blacking business, so Daudet says that for months after leaving Alès he would wake with horror, thinking he was still among his unruly pupils.
On 1 November 1857, he abandoned teaching and took refuge with his brother Ernest Daudet, only some three years his senior, who was trying, "and thereto soberly," to make a living as a journalist in Paris. Alphonse took to writing, and his poems were collected into a small volume, Les Amoureuses (1858), which met with a fair reception. He obtained employment on Le Figaro, then under Cartier de Villemessant's energetic editorship, wrote two or three plays, and began to be recognized, among those interested in literature, as possessing individuality and promise. Morny, Napoleon III's all-powerful minister, appointed him to be one of his secretaries — a post which he held till Morny's death in 1865 — and showed Daudet no small kindness. Daudet had put his foot on the road to fortune.

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Hardcover, Published in Dec 2007 by Aegypan

ISBN10: 1603126414 | ISBN13: 9781603126410

Page count: 112

Tatarin of Tarascon is a tale of the adventures of Tartarin, a local hero of Tarascon, a small town in southern France. Tatarin is a braggart and liar, inventing adventures and gaining a reputation as a swashbuckler. To live up to his reputation, he must travel to Algiers to face the lions. But Algiers is not the oriental land of fable, and there are no lions left to hunt. The book spawned two sequels: Tartarin sur les Alpes and Port-Tarascon, as well as three film adaptations. Unpopular in the area of Tarascon when first issued, the Tatarin adventures made Tarascon famous, and there is now a museum in Tarascon devoted to Tatarin. CROWNED BY THE FRENCH ACADEMY Alphonse Daudet was a French novelist and playwright. His father was a silk manufacturer who suffered reverses and lost his property. Daudet took a post as a schoolteacher at Ales, Gard, but found it intolerable and moved to Paris to live with his brother, Ernest, who was working as a journalist. Daudet wrote poetry and several plays and secured employment as a secretary to Morny, a Minister of Napoleon III. Tatarin of Tarascon is a tale of the adventures of Tartarin, a local hero of Tarascon, a small town in southern France. Tatarin is a braggart and liar, inventing adventures and gaining a reputation as a swashbuckler. To live up to his reputation, he must travel to Algiers to face the lions. But Algiers is not the oriental land of fable, and there are no lions left to hunt. The book spawned two sequels: Tartarin sur les Alpes and Port-Tarascon, as well as three film adaptations. Unpopular in the area of Tarascon when first issued, the Tatarin adventures made Tarascon famous, and there is now a museum in Tarascon devoted to Tatarin.

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