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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Thérèse Raquin

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3.71 avg rating — 16,763 ratings — published 1867 — 510 editions
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L'Assommoir (The Dram Shop)...

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La Bête humaine

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4.05 avg rating — 7,032 ratings — published 1890 — 13 editions
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The Ladies' Paradise (Les R...

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The Fortune of the Rougons ...

3.79 avg rating — 3,553 ratings — published 1870 — 220 editions
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The Belly of Paris (Les Rou...

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3.90 avg rating — 3,367 ratings — published 1873 — 230 editions
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The Masterpiece (Les Rougon...

3.96 avg rating — 2,607 ratings — published 1886 — 166 editions
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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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Lourdes The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome Paris
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Fruitfulness Travail: Labor Truth
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3.77 avg rating — 151 ratings

Contes à Ninon Nouveaux Contes a Ninon
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3.24 avg rating — 38 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

July 2016 Old School Classic Poll

 
  53 votes, 22.9%

 
  48 votes, 20.8%

 
  25 votes, 10.8%

1857, The Professor by Charlotte Brontë, 269 pages
 
  24 votes, 10.4%

1862, Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev, 244 pages
 
  23 votes, 10.0%

1895, Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, 310 pages
 
  21 votes, 9.1%

 
  20 votes, 8.7%

1867, Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola, 201 pages
 
  9 votes, 3.9%

1862, Salammbô by Gustave Flaubert, 288 pages
 
  8 votes, 3.5%

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