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Zola : a life

Author: Frederick Brown
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Few writers have been -- simultaneously -- political hero, intellectual master, and literary giant. But Emile Zola (1840-1902) was. His monumental cycle of twenty novels extended the reach of fiction for all subsequent generations; he gave new meaning to the cause of brave progressivism; and his work sparked into life what we think of as the modern intelligentsia. This magisterial biography of a great but strangely  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Émile Zola; Émile Zola; Emile Zola
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick Brown
ISBN: 0374297428 9780374297428
OCLC Number: 31044880
Description: xxiv, 888 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Chronology --
A birth and a death --
Under the mountain --
"Their circles were perfectly round" --
Closed doors and fearful mysteries --
Someone to reckon with --
A hearth, a cafe, a cause --
"La litterature putride" --
The master plan --
Wartime improvisations --
Nulla Dies Sine Linea --
Confronting the moral order --
The company of five --
The lure of the stage --
Oceanic visits --
"If the good Democrats expected sycophantic drivel" --
Literary fatherhood --
A verdant paradise and a blond horizontal --
"The fetishism of mediocrity" --
Gathering shades --
"My recurrent dream was of being inside the earth, very far away" --
Rifts and betrayals --
Another dream --
I'm always devastated by the limited scope of the accomplishment" --
A celebration at the Chalet des Iles --
A double life and a trilogy --
And then there was one --
J'accuse --
The fifth act --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Frederick Brown.

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Few writers have been -- simultaneously -- political hero, intellectual master, and literary giant. But Emile Zola (1840-1902) was. His monumental cycle of twenty novels extended the reach of fiction for all subsequent generations; he gave new meaning to the cause of brave progressivism; and his work sparked into life what we think of as the modern intelligentsia. This magisterial biography of a great but strangely private and unknown man is also a superb history of the social, political, and intellectual world through which Zola traveled so unforgettably. - Jacket flap.

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