Émile Zola


Born
in Paris, France
April 02, 1840

Died
September 29, 1902

Genre

Influences


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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The Fortune of the Rougons

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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
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Lourdes The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome Paris
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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.”
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“Sin ought to be something exquisite, my dear boy.”
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“I am little concerned with beauty or perfection. I don't care for the great centuries. All I care about is life, struggle, intensity.”
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Polls

March 2019 Old School Poll

Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin 1837, 240 pages
 
  85 votes, 26.9%

 
  81 votes, 25.6%

 
  50 votes, 15.8%

Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola 1867, 201 pages
 
  40 votes, 12.7%

Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell 1853, 432 pages
 
  35 votes, 11.1%

Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac 1835, 370 pages
 
  25 votes, 7.9%

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