Professor Frederick Brown Zola: A Life

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Zola: A Life

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Among the short list of authors whose lives were as exciting as their books, Emile Zola is one of the most eminent. Bestselling author of a series of novels, close companion of C& eacute;zanne and Manet, critic of politicians, clergy, bankers, and businessmen, he acted with a courage that earned him enduring fame when he took on the most venerable of all institutions: the military. But, climactic as it was, the Dreyfus Affair was only the most famous of events in Zola's tumultuous life. In this detailed biography, Frederick Brown discloses Zola's development as an author, and the moral consciousness that led him to invest himself in one social and political problem after another. Brown also shows Zola's human side--his failings, his superstitions, his private joys and dilemmas. At a time when a career could be made by a well-timed review or be broken by a rebuttal, Zola carved out his place in the literary pantheon through a series of struggles against ever more powerful enemies.

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"A magnificent biography, at once definitive and fascinating." -- New Yorker



"If Zola is to receive proper justice, it can only be through the closest possible examination of his career and of the far from transparent relationship between the novelist and the man. Frederick Brown's new biography performs this service extremely well, and is likely to be regarded as the most authoritative for many years." -- New York Times Book Review



"Vigorous, powerful, ample, robust are adjectives as properly applied to Zola as to his biographer.. It is judicious, clear, well-written, well-constructed, full of information and good sense." -- New Republic



"An impressive biography.. Brown has an independent mind and writes with verve." -- Washington Post

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In this detailed biography, Frederick Brown discloses Zola's development as an author, and the moral consciousness that led him to invest himself in one social and political problem after another. Brown also shows Zola's human side--his failings, his superstitions, his private joys and dilemmas.

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