For nearly forty years Léon Frapié wrote a number of realist novels, of which La Maternelle (1904) was the second to win the Goncourt, begun the year before. This is narrated by a woman and is said to be a largely biographical story of his first wife, the declassée teacher Léonie Mouillefert whom he married in 1888 and who inspired several of his working-class novels.
'MADAME LÉON FRAPIÉ
NÉE ALICE VERLAY
1881 – 1975'
There is a Square Léon Frapié in the 20th arrondissement.