Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr, a French author, born in Paris, Nov. 24,1808. He studied and taught in the Bourbon college, Paris, afterward attached himself to the staff of the Figaro, and in 1832 published his first prose work, Sous les tilleuls. This was followed by Une heure trop tard (1833), Fa Dieze (1834), Vendredi soir (1835), Le chemin le plus court (1836), etc, the last two being revelations of his private history. His Voyage autour de mon jardin (1845) and La famille Alain (1861) have been translated into English. Among his other works is La peche en eau douce et en eau salee (1860). In 1860 a collection of his complete works was commenced. In 1839, while he was editor in chief of the Figaro, he established a monthly magazine of a satirical character entitled Les Guepes, the freedom of the literary criticisms in which excited the displeasure of several of his contemporaries, one of whom, an authoress, in revenge made an attempt upon his life in 1844. He has for many years resided in Nice, devoting himself chiefly to horticulture.