Émile Zola

1840 - 1902

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Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola (, also US: , French: [emil zɔla]; 2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was a French novelist, journalist, playwright, the best-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism, and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. According to major Zola scholar and biographer Henri Mitterand, "Naturalism contributes something more than realism: the attention brought to bear on the most lush and opulent aspects of people and the natural world. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Émile Zola has received more than 2,392,223 page views. His biography is available in 107 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 104 in 2019). Émile Zola is the 33rd most popular writer (up from 48th in 2019), the 23rd most popular biography from France (up from 34th in 2019) and the 8th most popular French Writer.

Émile Zola is most famous for his novel, "J'accuse" (I accuse) in which he accuses the French government of anti-Semitism.

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Among writers, Émile Zola ranks 33 out of 5,794Before him are Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Miguel de Cervantes, and Horace. After him are Rumi, Henrik Ibsen, Anne Frank, George Orwell, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Stendhal.

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Among people born in 1840, Émile Zola ranks 3Before him are Claude Monet and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. After him are Auguste Rodin, Murad V, Victoria, Princess Royal, Alphonse Daudet, Odilon Redon, Ernst Abbe, Carlota of Mexico, Crazy Horse, and Edward Drinker Cope. Among people deceased in 1902, Émile Zola ranks 1After him are Cecil Rhodes, Levi Strauss, Rudolf Virchow, Swami Vivekananda, Maria Goretti, Samuel Butler, Marie Henriette of Austria, James Tissot, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Francis, Duke of Cádiz, and Ion Ivanovici.

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In France

Among people born in France, Émile Zola ranks 23 out of 5,234Before him are Jean-Paul Sartre (1905), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900), John Calvin (1509), Charles de Gaulle (1890), Paul Gauguin (1848), and Paul Cézanne (1839). After him are Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor (1122), Napoleon III (1808), Henri Matisse (1869), Édith Piaf (1915), Louis XV of France (1710), and Henry IV of France (1553).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Émile Zola ranks 8Before him are Victor Hugo (1802), Jules Verne (1828), Molière (1622), Honoré de Balzac (1799), Jean-Paul Sartre (1905), and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900). After him are Stendhal (1783), Alexandre Dumas (1802), Marcel Proust (1871), Denis Diderot (1713), Simone de Beauvoir (1908), and Charles Baudelaire (1821).