Emile Zola

Sa Vie--Son Oeuvre

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Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 149,855 / 518 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 30.1
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 368
Added to site: 2005.12.21
mnybks.net#: 11891
Genre: Biography
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ombats. Ces géants blonds des pays septentrionaux, étaient d'une exubérance démonstrative et d'une intarissable loquacité. Ils formaient contraste avec le calme opiniâtre des légionnaires d'Italie, qui, lentement, posément, envahirent et gardèrent le sol gaulois.

Émile Zola est un Méridional né à Paris, emporté, tout enfant, tout inconscient, dans son milieu originel, y redevenant homme du Midi, sobre, tenace et taciturne, revenant ensuite dans la grande ville cosmopolite, et en partie méridionale par afflux universel, mais cité du Nord maritime, par le climat et les moeurs. Il a traversé sans se mélanger, comme le Rhône le Léman, l'énorme capitale, sans perdre rien de sa saveur natale, de ses qualités de terroir, sans y diluer ce qu'il tenait de l'hérédité. C'est à Aix-en-Provence, et dans sa banlieue, qu'il acquit les premières initiations intellectuelles; c'est dans cette ville qu'il subit cet ensemencement du cerveau, plus pénétrant chez les jeunes gens de seize à vingt ans, destinés à grandir et à se

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