Alphonse Dode was born May 13, 1840 in the (provencial) city of Nimes in the family of the owner of a small silk fabric factory Vincent Dode (1806–1875). In 1848, his father went bankrupt, the factory was sold, and the family moved to Lyon. Without a financial opportunity to pursue higher education, a future writer enters the provincial college as a teacher’s assistant at the end of a secondary school, but soon left this occupation and, at the age of seventeen, moved with his older brother Ernest to Paris to earn his living by journalistic work. About this period of his life narrates the autobiographical novel “The Little One” (Le Petit Chose, 1868). However, fame came to the writer before – with the publication of the prose collection “Letters from my mill” (1866).
Alphonse Dode since 1859 begins to cooperate in several newspapers as a reporter and theater critic. In 1860, he was introduced to the Duke de Morny, who served as President of the Legislative Corps of the Second Empire. At him, Dode received the post of one of the secretaries, which did not stop Alfons from engaging in journalistic and literary activities. In the service of de Morny Dode spent almost five years, until the death of the Duke in 1865.
In 1867, a young writer married and began to live exclusively literary work.
The writer died on December 17, 1897 in Paris.