ZOLA, EMILE . (1840-1902) French writer and a major figure in the political liberalization of France.
Autograph Note Signed, in French, small 12mo, n.p., n.d.
Zola writes on his visiting card with printed address, in full, "Dear friend, please send me Mr. Vincent's address (correct spelling?), the army surgeon who is a friend of Daudet's. Cordially, Emile Zola." Zola refers to fellow author Alphonse Daudet (1840-97 (Item ID: 2187)
Zola is identified as the leading author of literary naturalism, an aesthetic movement inspired by the principles and methods of natural science aimed at depicting objective reality. Zola's Les Rougon-Macquart, (1871-93) series of 20 novels exemplifies the style. Alphonse Daudet, Gustave Flaubert and Guy de Maupassant are regarded as proponents of naturalism.