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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3.85 avg rating — 17,630 ratings — published 1880 — 511 editions
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Thérèse Raquin

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3.71 avg rating — 16,948 ratings — published 1867 — 557 editions
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L'Assommoir (The Dram Shop)...

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4.06 avg rating — 10,485 ratings — published 1876 — 42 editions
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La Bête humaine

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4.05 avg rating — 7,106 ratings — published 1890 — 190 editions
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The Ladies' Paradise (Les R...

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3.98 avg rating — 9,418 ratings — published 1883 — 373 editions
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The Fortune of the Rougons ...

3.79 avg rating — 3,598 ratings — published 1870 — 245 editions
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The Belly of Paris (Les Rou...

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3.90 avg rating — 3,466 ratings — published 1873 — 265 editions
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La Curée (Les Rougon-Macqua...

3.83 avg rating — 2,738 ratings — published 1872 — 173 editions
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The Masterpiece (Les Rougon...

3.95 avg rating — 2,627 ratings — published 1886 — 194 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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3.97 avg rating — 92,945 ratings

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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3.84 avg rating — 342 ratings

Fruitfulness Travail: Labor Truth
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3.78 avg rating — 152 ratings

Contes à Ninon Nouveaux Contes a Ninon
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3.41 avg rating — 37 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.”
Emile 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.”
Emile Zola

Polls

November 2015 Old School Classic Poll

 
  32 votes, 20.9%

1516, Utopia by Thomas More, 135 pages
 
  29 votes, 19.0%

 
  22 votes, 14.4%

1880, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, 352 pages
 
  16 votes, 10.5%

1867, Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola, 210 pages
 
  13 votes, 8.5%

 
  12 votes, 7.8%

 
  11 votes, 7.2%

 
  9 votes, 5.9%

1833, Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac, 200 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.9%

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