Émile Zola





Émile Zola

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born
in Paris, France
April 02, 1840

died
September 29, 1902

genre

influences


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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...more


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Germinal (Les Rougon-Macqua...
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Nana (Les Rougon-Macquart, #9)
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La Bête humaine (Les Rougon...
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The Ladies' Paradise (Les R...
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The Fortune of the Rougons ...
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The Belly of Paris (Les Rou...
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The Masterpiece (Les Rougon...
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La Curée (Les Rougon-Macqua...
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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

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

“I am here to live out loud.”
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