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Émile Zola (1840-1902)

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Émile Zola (1840-1902)

Born in Paris in 1940, Émile Zola is a writer we generally associate with the school of naturalist thought, a movement wishing to introduce into literature a realistic and essentially objective aspect of human nature.

Having published a large number of works, he often used his fame to proclaim his opinions, including his deep conviction as regards the innocence of Captain Dreyfus, the man falsely accused of espionage in France towards the end of the 19th century.

In this story tinged with anti-Semitism, which provoked quite a stir at the time, Zola publicly took up the defense of Dreyfus, and supported him through the publication of a text entitled "I Accuse". For his great appeal, he was fined and sentenced, forcing him to exile himself in England for a certain time.

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