Émile Zola





Émile Zola

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born
in Paris, France
April 02, 1840

died
September 29, 1902

genre

influences


About this author

Émile François Zola was an influential French novelist, the most important example of the literary school of naturalism, and a major figure in the political liberalization of France.

More than half of Zola's novels were part of a set of 20 books collectively known as Les Rougon-Macquart. Unlike Balzac who in the midst of his literary career resynthesized his work into La Comédie Humaine, Zola from the start at the age of 28 had thought of the complete layout of the series. Set in France's Second Empire, the series traces the "environmental" influences of violence, alcohol and prostitution which became more prevalent during the second wave of the Industrial Revolution. The series examines two branches of a family: the respectable (that is, le
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More books by Émile Zola…
The Fortune of the Rougons La Curée The Belly of Paris La Conquête de Plassans La Faute de l'abbé Mouret Son Excellence Eugène Rougon L'Assommoir (The Dram Shop)
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“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
Émile Zola

“I am little concerned with beauty or perfection. I don't care for the great centuries. All I care about is life, struggle, intensity.”
Émile Zola

“Sin ought to be something exquisite, my dear boy.”
Émile Zola

Polls

March 2015 Old School Classics Poll

Which book would you like to read for our March 2015 Old School Classics group read?

 
  14 votes, 27.5%

1868, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 449 pages
 
  12 votes, 23.5%

 
  4 votes, 7.8%

1899, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages
 
  4 votes, 7.8%

 
  4 votes, 7.8%

1839, The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal, 532 pages
 
  3 votes, 5.9%

1853, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 1017 pages
 
  3 votes, 5.9%

1846, The Professor by Charlotte Brontë, 269 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.9%

1603, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, 289 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.9%

 
  1 vote, 2.0%

 
  1 vote, 2.0%

1867, Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola, 201 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.0%

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