Alphonse Daudet (13 May 1840 – 16 December 1897) was a French novelist. His humoristic Lettres de Mon Moulin (Letters from my Windmill) appeared at the Figaro as a series in 1866, where Daudet himself held a position from 1860 to 1865. This brought him some recognition. Le petit chose (1868), autobiographical in nature, attracted little interest.
His positive description of the bourgeois life of southern France attracted much more interest: Tartarin de Tarascon (1872), Tartarin sur les Alpes (1885), and Port-Tarascon (1890) belong to this series. In 1872 he also published a three act play L'Arlésienne. Fromont jeune et Risler aîné (1874) was a great success.
His style can be described as naturalistic, but he invoked a sense of excitement and well-being, as opposed to the harsher sides of life. He died on December 16, 1897, in Paris.