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This is the first critical study in English of the complete works of Alphonse Daudet. In an objective assessment of his literary achievement and rightful place in the literary history of his time, Murray Sachs concentrates on Daudet’s evolution as a writer, on the changes and development in his artistic practice, and elucidates the reasons for his uneven performance. He demonstrates that, in spite of his failings, Daudet must be seriously considered as one of the major contributors to the flowering of France’s greatest age in the art of fiction and is not merely the author of a few amusing and sentimental tales as is often suggested.