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Daudet, Alphonse

French novelist and playwright, 1840-97, author of Lettres de mon moulin, L'Arlesienne and other works

Fishburn and Hughes: "A French humorist, author of Les Aventures prodigieuses de Tartarin de Tarascon (1872) whose protagonist personifies the good-natured bombastic hero. Famous in his home town for his exploits in the chase, Tartarin is sent to hunt the great lions of the Atlas. Once in Algiers, he first shoots a bourricot (little donkey) in a carrot field, which he assumes to be the desert, and eventually kills an old blind lion, whose remains he sends back to Tarascon. The novel concludes with his triumphant return to relate his exploits to ecstatic crowds. Its success led to a sequel, Tartarin sur les Alpes (1885)." (57)

Borges Index: 
Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote, Ficciones, OC, 446. Paul Groussac, BP, 107. Pierre Menard, CQ, 40. Jorge Luis Borges selecciona la mejor de Paul Groussac, CS, 198. Los expatriados, ILN, 38.