Welcome to a post on Emile Zola. Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola was a French writer, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism.
Émile Zola was born in Paris, France on 2nd April 1840, the son of François Zola, an engineer and his wife Emilie Aubert. He grew up in Aix-en-Provence, attending the (now named) Collège Mignet, then the Lycée Saint Louis in Paris. Under the harsh straits of poverty after his father died Zola worked various clerical jobs. He then moved on to writing literary columns for Cartier de Villemessant’s newspapers. A sign of things to come he was harsh and outspoken in his criticism of Napoleon. He was also harshly anti-Catholic .
Realizing their error in haste and bureaucratic bungling, the government was not willing to back down and release him from imprisonment on Devil’s Island till many years later. Zola’s article of exposure and ensuing furore led to France’s enactment of the law in 1905 that separates church and state.
Émile Zola died on 29 September 1902 at his home in Paris under what some claim to be suspicious circumstances of carbon monoxide poisoning by stopping up his chimney. He was first interred at the Cimetière de Montmartre in Paris, then later moved to The Panthéon in the Latin Quarter of Paris, France.
Clancy's comment: I wonder if he ever smiled or laughed?