Émile Zola

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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Germinal (Les Rougon-Macqua...

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Nana (Les Rougon-Macquart, #9)

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3.84 avg rating — 17,059 ratings — published 1880 — 458 editions
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Thérèse Raquin

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3.71 avg rating — 16,218 ratings — published 1867 — 481 editions
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L'Assommoir (The Dram Shop)...

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4.06 avg rating — 10,117 ratings — published 1877 — 297 editions
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La Bête humaine

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4.05 avg rating — 6,848 ratings — published 1890 — 175 editions
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The Ladies' Paradise (Les R...

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3.98 avg rating — 9,030 ratings — published 1883 — 331 editions
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The Fortune of the Rougons ...

3.78 avg rating — 3,441 ratings — published 1870 — 217 editions
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The Belly of Paris (Les Rou...

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3.91 avg rating — 3,280 ratings — published 1873 — 230 editions
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La Curée (Les Rougon-Macqua...

3.83 avg rating — 2,597 ratings — published 1872 — 145 editions
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The Masterpiece (Les Rougon...

3.96 avg rating — 2,530 ratings — published 1886 — 165 editions
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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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The Fortune of the Rougons Son Excellence Eugène Rougon La Curée L'Argent The Dream La Conquête de Plassans Pot Luck
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Lourdes The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome Paris
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3.81 avg rating — 325 ratings

Fruitfulness Travail: Labor Truth
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3.78 avg rating — 147 ratings

Contes à Ninon Nouveaux Contes a Ninon
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3.22 avg rating — 36 ratings

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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 little concerned with beauty or perfection. I don't care for the great centuries. All I care about is life, struggle, intensity.”
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, 28.0%

1868, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 449 pages
 
  11 votes, 22.0%

 
  4 votes, 8.0%

1899, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages
 
  4 votes, 8.0%

 
  4 votes, 8.0%

1839, The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal, 532 pages
 
  3 votes, 6.0%

1853, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 1017 pages
 
  3 votes, 6.0%

1846, The Professor by Charlotte Brontë, 269 pages
 
  2 votes, 4.0%

1603, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, 289 pages
 
  2 votes, 4.0%

 
  1 vote, 2.0%

 
  1 vote, 2.0%

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

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