HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
18,276 (18,927)343592 (3.9)1230

Top members (works)

Member favorites

1001 (111) 1001 books (124) 19th (50) 19th century (981) 19th century literature (194) classic (533) classic fiction (48) classics (335) ebook (85) Emile Zola (115) fiction (2,306) France (809) French (1,012) French fiction (166) French lit--19th century (49) French literature (1,396) historical fiction (51) history (47) Kindle (47) literature (625) murder (48) naturalism (345) novel (825) Oxford World's Classics (54) Paris (202) Penguin Classics (127) poverty (48) prostitution (55) read (124) realism (65) Roman (461) Rougon-Macquart (217) Second Empire (48) short stories (71) TBR (87) to-read (376) translated (62) translation (169) unread (146) Zola (228)

Émile Zola has 4 past events. (show)

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Gender
Nationality
Country (for map)
Birthplace
Place of death
Places of residence
Education
Occupations
Relationships
Organizations
Awards and honors
Agents
Short biography
Émile Zola was born in Paris to an Italian father and a French mother and spent his youth in Aix-en-Provence. As a young man, he experienced severe poverty before getting jobs as a clerk in a shipping firm and in the sales department for the publishing company Hachette. To supplement his income, he became a literary reviewer, art critic, and political journalist for newspapers, and also wrote fiction. He published his first novel in 1865, and went on to become the best-known novelist of the naturalist movement with works such as Thérèse Raquin (1867), Nana (1880) and Germinal (1885) among many others. He also became a prominent figure in French public life. His schoolfellow Paul Cézanne introduced him to Impressionist artists; later, Zola's home became a gathering place for friends and writers such as Guy de Maupassant, Gustave Flaubert, Edmond Goncourt, Alphonse Daudet, and Ivan Turgenev. In 1898, Zola risked his reputation and even his life to intervene in the case of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, falsely convicted of treason, with an open letter to the President of France, "J'Accuse," published in the Paris daily L'Aurore. As a result, Zola himself was prosecuted for libel and found guilty. The following year, when his appeal seemed certain to fail, he fled to England. Eventually, his efforts helped secure a reversal of the original verdict on Capt. Dreyfus, and exposed anti-Semitism and rampant militarism in France. He died at home in Paris of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Disambiguation notice

Member ratings

Average: (3.9)
0.5 3
1 49
1.5 12
2 157
2.5 60
3 576
3.5 274
4 1135
4.5 168
5 900

Author pictures (4)

 

(see all 4 author pictures)

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Émile Zola is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.

Includes

Émile Zola is composed of 24 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 98,423,629 books! | Top bar: Always visible