His health undermined by poverty and by the venereal disease that was eventually to cost him his life, Daudet
spent the winter of 1861-62 in Algeria.
Son of the famous novelist Alphonse Daudet
, Leon studied medicine before turning to journalism with contributions to Le Figaro and Le Gaulois.
It becomes clear, in examining the literary representations of spousal collaborations described in the fiction of Emile Zola ("Madame Sourdis" 1880) and Guy de Maupassant (Bel-Atai 1885), and the artists' households described by Alphonse Daudet
(Les Femmes d'artistes 1878) that these fictional examples intersect with historical examples, such as the representations of artists' families featured in a series of articles and photomontages which ran in the women's magazine Femina in 1904, or the career path of Julia A.
Although its popularity declined in the 15th and 16th centuries, the triolet was revived in the 17th century by Jean de La Fontaine and in the 19th century by Alphonse Daudet
and Theodore de Banville.
The term "struggleforlifeur" first appeared in a work of fiction in Alphonse Daudet
's L'Immortel of 1888 (Clark 109-10).
While few academic readers need to have the Code Napoleon explained to them, or to be told who Alphonse Daudet
, le general Boulanger or Jules Grevy were, the names Francesco Crispi and le lieutenant Chapuis (for example) are less widely known.
Dawkins fails to note that this genre of stories has a long tradition in the nineteenth century and that the same types of voyeuristic scenes can be round in collections such as Alphonse Daudet
's Femmes d'artistes, for example.
It reconstitutes at length his friendships with Cezanne, Manet, Flaubert, Turgeniev, Edmond de Goncourt, Daudet
, Mallarme, Charpentier, Bruneau, and a host of other writers, artists, musicians, and publishers.