Alphonse Karr

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Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (November 24, 1808 – September 29, 1890) was a French critic, journalist, and novelist. His brother Eugène was a talented engineer, and his aunt Carme Karr was a writer, journalist and suffragist in La Roche-Mabile.

He was born in Paris, and after being educated at the Collège Bourbon, became a teacher there. Some of his novels, including his first, Sous les ... more »

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  • ''If we are to abolish the death penalty, I should like to see the first step taken by my friends the murderers.''
    Alphonse Karr (1808-1890), French journalist, novelist. Les Guêpes (Paris, Jan. 31, 1849). An alternative source attributes these words to a voice...
  • ''I gather from a lawyer that there was a rehearsal yesterday. We haven't a hope. I know the presiding judge too: I've had the misfortune to sleep with his wife. He was specially picked.''
    Alphonse Karr (1808-1890), French journalist, novelist. quoted in The Goncourt Journal, entry for Feb. 20, 1853 (trans. 1962). Karr was on trial t...
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