Alphonse KARR

Family tree of Alphonse KARR

Author, Journalist

FrenchBorn Jean Baptiste Alphonse KARR

French critic, journalist, and novelist

Born on November 24, 1808 in Paris , France

Died on September 30, 1890 in Saint-Raphaël, Var , France

Family tree

Report an error

This form allows you to report an error or to submit additional information about this family tree: Alphonse KARR (1808)

More information

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (24 November 1808 – 29 September 1890) was a French critic, journalist, and novelist.

...   Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (24 November 1808 – 29 September 1890) was a French critic, journalist, and novelist.

Karr was born in Paris to German pianist and composer Henri Karr (1784–1842), and after being educated at the Collège Bourbon, became a teacher there. Some of his novels, including his first, Sous les Tilleuls (1832), were autobiographical romances. A second novel, Une heure trop tard, followed next year, and was succeeded by many other popular works. His Vendredi soir (1835) and Le Chemin le plus court (1836) continued the vein of autobiographical romance with which he had made his first success. Geneviève (1838) is one of his best stories, and his Voyage autour de Mon Jardin (1845) was deservedly popular. Others were Feu Bressier (1848), and Fort en thème (1853), which had some influence in stimulating educational reform.In 1855 he went to live in Nice, where he indulged his predilections for floriculture, and gave his name to more than one new variety, notably the dahlia (New International Encyclopedia). Indeed, he practically founded the trade in cut flowers on the French Riviera. He was also devoted to fishing, and in Les Soirées de Sainte-Adresse (1853) and Au bord de la mer (1860) he made use of his experiences. His reminiscences, Livre de bord, were published in 1879–1880. He died at Saint-Raphaël (Var).

Karr's brother Eugène was a talented engineer, and his niece Carme Karr was a writer, journalist and suffragist in La Roche-Mabile.In April 1832, Karr had a shortlived relationship with actress Juliette Drouet. He allegedly borrowed all of her money and never paid it back. Karr was married to Louise Estelle Clémentine (née Renard de Mentule, born 9 December 1815). They first met in late 1833, and married on 10 February 1834. Their first and only child, Thérèse, was born on 2 September 1834. By 1845, the couple had been separated for eight and a half years.


Sous les Tilleuls (1832)
Une heure trop tard (1833)
Vendredi soir (1835)
Le chemin le plus court (1836)
Geneviève (1838)
Voyage autour de mon Jardin (1845)
Feu Bressier (1848)
Fort en thème (1853)
Les Soirées de Sainte-Adresse (1853)
Histoires Normandes (1855)
Au bord de la mer (1860)
Une poignee de verites (1866)
Livre de bord (1879–80)

In 1839, Karr became editor of Le Figaro, to which he had been a constant contributor; and he also started a monthly journal, Les Guêpes (The Wasps), of a keenly satirical tone, a publication which brought him the reputation of someone of "imperishable words" and biting wit. The first volumes of the journal, or magazine, were published from 1839-43. Karr attempted to revive the publication of Les Guêpes from 1852-55, an undertaking doomed to failure given the conditions of state censorship (under the regime of Napoleon III).In 1848, he founded Le Journal.

Memorable quotations
Karr is remembered for many of his statements, including the well-known aphorism plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose usually translated as "the more things change, the more they stay the same".On the proposal to abolish capital punishment, he wrote: "je veux bien que messieurs les assassins commencent" (i.e. "let the gentlemen who do the murders take the first step").

Karr is one of the French artists and writers caricatured by Benjamin Roubaud in his drawing "Grand Chemin de la Postérité". Karr's head is drawn on the body of a wasp (alluding to Les Guêpes) and annotated "KARicature" (sic).
The short story Les Willis was the basis of Giacomo Puccini's opera Le Villi (1884).
The bamboo species Bambusa multiplex Alphonse Karr was named in his honour.Numerous roads have been named after him including:

Rue Alphonse Karr in Paris
Rue Alphonse Karr in Nice
Avenue Alphonse Karr in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés
Place Alphonse Karr in Barentin
Allée Alphonse Karr in Châlons-en-ChampagneThe Collège Alphonse Karr college in the resort town of Saint-Raphaël on the Côte d'Azur.


External links

Works by or about Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr at Wikisource
Works by Alphonse Karr at Project Gutenberg
Works by or about Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr at Internet Archive
Alphonse Karr, LETTRE X. Text with audio (in French)

Biography from Wikipedia (see original) under licence CC BY-SA 3.0


Geographical origins

The map below shows the places where the ancestors of the famous person lived.

Loading... An error has occured while loading the map.