Profoundly affected by his impoverished background, Emile Zola developed a lifelong compassion for the suffering of the poor and a commitment to seeking social justice in a world beset by middle-class hypocrisy and pride.
Though at first he adopted a romantic conception of the poet as a biblical prophet, throughout his twenties Zola developed the essential elements of literary naturalism - a formula which he believed required a marriage of art and science.
The twenty volumes that constitute the corpus Les Rougon-Macquart concern the decay of a family as the result of heredity and environment, with special emphasis on alcoholism, disease, and degeneracy.
Series: Modern Critical Views S.
For Grades: 10 - 12
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.5
Weight (kg): 0.676