Léon Daudet

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Léon Daudet
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Born Alphonse Marie Vincent Léon Daudet
16 November 1867 (1867-11-16)
Paris, France
Died 30 June 1942(1942-06-30) (aged 74)
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Occupation Novelist, essayist, journalist
Nationality French

Léon Daudet (16 November 1867 – 30 June 1942) was a French journalist, writer, an active monarchist, and a member of the Académie Goncourt.

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Daudet was born in Paris. His father was the novelist Alphonse Daudet and his younger brother, Lucien Daudet, would also become an artist. Léon Daudet married Jeanne Hugo, the granddaughter of Victor Hugo, in 1891 and thus entered into the higher social and intellectual circles of the French Third Republic. He divorced his wife in 1895 and became a vocal critic of the Republic, the Dreyfusard camp, and of democracy in general.[1]

Together with Charles Maurras (who remained a lifelong friend), he co-founded (1907) and was an editor of the nationalist, integralist periodical Action Française. A deputy from 1919 to 1924, he failed to win election as a senator in 1927 – despite having gained prominence as the voice of the monarchists. When Maurras was released from prison after serving a sentence for verbally attacking Prime Minister Leon Blum, Daudet[2] joined other political leaders Xavier Vallat, Darquier de Pellepoix, and Philippe Henriot to welcome him in the Vel' d'Hiv in July 1937.

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When his son Philippe died in mysterious circumstances in 1923, Daudet accused the republican authorities of complicity with anarchist activists in what he believed to be a murder, and lost a lawsuit for defamation brought against him by the driver of the taxi in which Philippe's body was found. Condemned to five months in prison, Daudet fled and was exiled in Belgium, receiving a pardon in 1930. In 1934, during the Stavisky Affair, he was to denounce Prime Minister Camille Chautemps, calling him the "leader of a gang of robbers and assassins". He also showed particular detestation for the subsequent Prime Minister Léon Blum, candidate of a coalition of socialists and other parties of the left.

A supporter of the Vichy administration headed by Marshal Pétain, Léon Daudet died in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.



  • Les Morticoles, Bibliothèque Charpentier, 1894.
  • Le Voyage de Shakespeare, 1896.
  • Suzanne, E. Fasquelle, 1896.
  • Les Deux Étreintes, 1901.
  • Le Partage de l'Enfant, Bibliothèque Charpentier, 1905.
  • La Mésentente, Bibliothèque Charpentier, 1911.
  • Dans la Lumière, E. Flammarion, 1919.
  • L'Amour est un Songe, 1920.
  • L'Entremetteuse, 1922.
  • Les Bacchantes, 1931.
  • Un Amour de Rabelais, 1933.
  • Médée, 1935.



  • Le Nain de Lorraine - Raymond Poincaré, 1930.
  • Le Garde des Seaux - Louis Barthou, 1930.
  • Le Voyou De Passage - Aristide Briand, 1930.


  • Alphonse Daudet, 1898.
  • Souvenirs des Milieux Littéraires, Politiques, Artistiques et Médicaux, (1914-1921):
  • La Pluie de Sang, 1932
  • Député de Paris, 1933.
  • Paris Vécu, (Vol. 1, Rive droite; Vol. 2, Rive Gauche), 1929- 1930.
  • Quand Vivait mon Père, 1940.

Works in english translation[edit]

  • Alphonse Daudet, Little, Brown, and Company, 1898.
  • The Stupid Nineteenth Century, Payson & Clarke Ltd., 1928.
  • Cloudy Trophy; the Romance of Victor Hugo, W. Morrow & Co., 1938.
  • The Tragic Life of Victor Hugo, W. Heinemann, 1939.
  • Clemenceau; a Stormy Life, W. Hodge and Company, Limited, 1940.
  • The Napus: The Great Plague of the Year 2227, Léon Daudet, translated, annotated and introduced by Brian Stableford, (Borgo Press Jan. 2013) (from Le Napus: fléau de l'an 2227, 1927)
  • The Bacchantes: A Dionysian Scientific Romance, Léon Daudet, translated, annotated and introduced by Brian Stableford, (Borgo Press Jan. 2013) (from Les Bacchantes, 1931)



  1. ^ Beum, Robert. "Ultra-Royalism Revisited: An Annotated Bibliography," Modern Age, Summer 1997.
  2. ^ Paxton, Robert. Vichy France and the Jews, Stanford University Press, 1995.

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