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 — 17,168 ratings — published 1880 — 463 editions
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3.71 avg rating — 16,369 ratings — published 1867 — 482 editions
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L'Assommoir (The Dram Shop)...

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4.06 avg rating — 10,185 ratings — published 1877 — 297 editions
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La Bête humaine

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4.05 avg rating — 6,894 ratings — published 1890 — 175 editions
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The Ladies' Paradise (Les R...

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3.98 avg rating — 9,118 ratings — published 1883 — 332 editions
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The Fortune of the Rougons ...

3.79 avg rating — 3,480 ratings — published 1870 — 47 editions
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The Belly of Paris (Les Rou...

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3.90 avg rating — 3,300 ratings — published 1873 — 230 editions
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La Curée (Les Rougon-Macqua...

3.83 avg rating — 2,630 ratings — published 1872 — 145 editions
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The Masterpiece (Les Rougon...

3.96 avg rating — 2,557 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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3.82 avg rating — 330 ratings

Fruitfulness Travail: Labor Truth
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3.79 avg rating — 149 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

February 2018 Old School Poll

Macbeth by William Shakespeare 1606, 249 pages
 
  71 votes, 19.4%

Silas Marner by George Eliot 1861, 262 pages
 
  50 votes, 13.7%

Shirley by Charlotte Brontë 1849, 624 pages
 
  40 votes, 10.9%

 
  37 votes, 10.1%

 
  27 votes, 7.4%

 
  26 votes, 7.1%

Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain 1893, 160 pages
 
  23 votes, 6.3%

Evelina by Fanny Burney 1778, 455 pages
 
  20 votes, 5.5%

 
  19 votes, 5.2%

 
  16 votes, 4.4%

Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy 1899, 562 pages
 
  12 votes, 3.3%

The Masterpiece by Émile Zola 1886, 464 pages
 
  12 votes, 3.3%

Sylvia's Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell 1863, 484 pages
 
  8 votes, 2.2%

The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard 1862, 304 pages
 
  5 votes, 1.4%

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