1st Edition


ISBN 9781138677494
Published December 13, 2017 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

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

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