Daudet-Allard, Julia

BORN 13 Jul 1844, Paris, 4e - DIED 23 Apr 1940, Château de la Roche, Indre-et-Loire (near Amboise)
BIRTH NAME Allard, Julia Rosalie Celeste
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 26, chemin Molière et La Fontaine, ligne 02 (Malroux: P 25))

Julia Allard was the daughter of a small industrialist from the Marais in Paris. When she was seventeen years old she published a collection of poetry under the name Marguerite Tournay. In 1867 she married the author Alphonse Daudet and she became his close collaborator, reviewing and retouching his writings. They had three children, Léon, Lucien and Edmée. They lived in Vigneux, Champrosay and Paris.

On Thursdays she held a literary salon that was frequented by Edmond de Goncourt, Émile Zola, Édouard Drumont, Léon Gambetta, Rachilde, Ernest Renan and many others. She wrote literary criticism under the name of Karl Steen. After Daudet's death in 1897 she returned to Champrosay. She was one of the first readers of the manuscript of "À la recherche du temps perdu" by Marcel Proust, who was a friend of her son Lucien. Proust had his doubts about his work, but she encouraged him to finish it. In 1922 she received the Légion d'Honneur.

• Son: Daudet, Lucien
• Husband: Daudet, Alphonse (1867-1897)

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The mausoleum of Alphonse Daudet at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 Nov 2006)


Julia Daudet — Wikipédia

Dauvin, Bertrand

Published: 23 May 2022
Last update: 23 May 2022