This may not be saying a great deal, but it is saying the truth, and I do not mind owning that he has been one of my great literary passions, almost as great as Flaubert, and greater than Daudet
or Maupassant, though I have profoundly appreciated the exquisite artistry of both these.
The box was full of things he had been waiting for impatiently; a new volume of Herbert Spencer, another collection of the prolific Alphonse Daudet
's brilliant tales, and a novel called "Middlemarch," as to which there had lately been interesting things said in the reviews.
What you said so perfectly hits off French art now, painting and literature too, indeed--Zola, Daudet
. But perhaps it is always so, that men form their conceptions from fictitious, conventional types, and then--all the combinaisons made--they are tired of the fictitious figures and begin to invent more natural, true figures."
had come also, and he had given her a copy of Sappho: he had promised to write her name in it, but she had forgotten to remind him.
Over the course of four pages and with examples taken from Balzac, Daudet
, Zola, Duranty, Barbey d'Aurevilly, and Musset, Mahieu evokes the front stoop's metonymic function: it is in a position to communicate information not only about the building, but about its occupants as well (17).
"Marcel's wonderful," said Lucien Daudet
wrote his first poems and his first novel at the age of 14.
Stendhal, Balzac, and Flaubert were forerunners of the movement; the Goncourt brothers, Maupassant, Daudet
, and, above all, Zola formulated the principles and engaged in the practices of naturalism.
He came to know Alphonse Daudet
rather well, corresponded with him, and through him met Zola and Goncourt, but his mentions of encounters with them are brief and uninformative.