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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“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.”
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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

July 2017 Old School Classic Poll

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare 1601, 220 pages
 
  66 votes, 20.4%

 
  65 votes, 20.1%

 
  43 votes, 13.3%

 
  32 votes, 9.9%

Germinal by Émile Zola 1885, 592 pages
 
  24 votes, 7.4%

 
  23 votes, 7.1%

Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell 1853, 432 pages
 
  23 votes, 7.1%

The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan 1678, 324 pages
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

 
  13 votes, 4.0%

Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac 1846, 468 pages
 
  13 votes, 4.0%

Egil's Saga by Anonymous 1240, 243 pages
 
  5 votes, 1.5%

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