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Emile Zola - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Emile Zola

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Emile Zola, nineteenth century French essayist, critic and novelist
Portrait: Emile Zola, by Edouard Manet, 1868.
Emile Zola   (1840 - 1902)
 
Category:  French Literature
 
Born:  April 2, 1840
Paris, France
 
Died:  September 29, 1902
Paris, France
 
Related authors:
Anatole France, Victor Hugo
 
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Emile Zola - LIFE STORIES
 
 
1/13/1898     Zola, Dreyfus, "J'Accuse"
On this day in 1898 Emile Zola published his "J'Accuse" letter on the Dreyfus Affair in the French newspaper L'Aurore. It listed the eight people (including the President of the Republic) whom he held responsible for the scapegoat conviction of Captain Dreyfus for treason three years earlier. It was ultimately successful, but it also set off a chain of events that would force Zola to flee to England -- some say it also got him killed.
2/7/1898     Emile Zola, Alfred Dreyfus & France
Alfred Dreyfus was the only prisoner on Devil's Island -- apart from the French soldiers, the only inhabitant. Although he was allowed a small library, the novels of Emile Zola were not allowed in it. Nor would Dreyfus discover until afterwards that it was Zola's voice which spoke out most passionately and daringly on his behalf, compelling the events which would eventually return him to France and clear him of treason.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Germinal
fiction
 
Nana
fiction
 
The Dreyfus Affair: 'J'Accuse' and Other Writings
anthology, essays, non-fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
A Zola Dictionary
by J. G. Patterson
guide
 
Emile Zola: A Biography
by Alan Schom
biography
 
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"The Affair" -- The Case of Afred Dreyfus
Find an overview of the Dreyfus case and, a Time magazine article about the French Army's admission of its mistake ... 101 years after the scandal.

"The Dreyfus case underscored and intensified bitter divisions within French politics and society. The fact that it followed other scandals — the Boulanger affair, the Wilson case, and the bribery of government officials and journalists that was associated with the financing of the Suez Canal — suggested that the young French Republic was in danger of collapse. The controversy involved critical institutions and issues, including monarchists and republicans, the political parties, the Catholic Church, the army, and strong anti-Semitic sentiment."
Germinal
Find an excerpt from Zola's novel about the inhumane working conditions of miners, and commentary on style and themes.

"Zola's technique of 'naturalism' attempted through scrupulous research to depict the lives of ordinary people. For Germinal, he descended into a mineshaft very much like the one he describes below, taking detailed notes. Zola's works portray groups of humans in the grip of circumstances beyond their control, often destined to be destroyed in monumental catastrophes."
Chronology of the Dreyfus Affair
A day-by-day overview of events, published by Georgetown University. Also offers an index of scholarly articles presented at a 1998 conference.
Emile Zola: A Life
A biography that examines the author's life and works, with particular emphasis on the enduring legacy which stems from his involvement in the Dreyfus Affair.

"The success of Zola as a literary man has its imperfections, its phases of defeat, but his success as a humanist is without flaw. He triumphed as wholly and as finally as it has ever been given a man to triumph, and he made France triumph with him. By his hand, she added to the laurels she had won in the war of American Independence, in the wars of the Revolution for liberty and equality, in the campaigns for Italian Unity, the imperishable leaf of a national acknowledgement of national error."
Online Books Page
Find electronic texts including Germinal, The Flood, The Fat and the Thin, Nana; The Miller's Daughter; Captain Burle; The Death of Olivier Becaille, and Therese Raquin.
Study Questions for Zola's Germinal
This useful resource for students offers a guide which enhances understanding of the text. It includes questions for consideration and classroom discussion, and definitions for selected terms.

"The calendar used during the French Revolution substituted rational, natural names for those traditionally given the months of the year: the rainy month, the foggy month, the windy month, etc. Germinal is the month in which plants first begin to sprout from the ground; but the image of sprouting plant life is also used throughout the novel (and particularly at its conclusion) to symbolize the rising consciousness of the workers as they realize the sources of their suffering and organize to combat them."
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