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1st Edition

By Philip Walker


266 pages

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In the novels of Emile Zola, the pain and horror of working class life was pushed into the drawing rooms of polite society. Zola set out to shock and to question the assumptions of fiction and of comfortable, settled lives. The impact of his writing was far wider than France, and his attacks on the pillars of society gave him an international reputation.

First published in 1985, this biography of Zola does much more than simply describe Zola as a writer, and his literary impact. It brings together the many strands of Zola’s life and creates an impression of a remarkable, if often exasperating individualist.

This book will be of interest to those studying the works of Emile Zola and more broadly nineteenth-century and French literature.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth 2. Young Manhood 3. The Continuing Struggle 4. First Great Triumphs 5. Full Summer 6. Life Persisting, Recommencing; Selected Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / French
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century