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Émile Zola

Biography

Émile Zola

Émile  Zola (1840 - 1902) was a French writer, the most well-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France and in the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, which is encapsulated in the renowned newspaper headline J'accuse. Zola was nominated for the first and second Nobel Prize in Literature in 1901 and 1902. His principal work, LES ROUGON-MACQUART, is a panorama of mid-19th century French life, in a cycle of 20 novels which Zola wrote over a period of 22 years.