[ey-meel] /eɪˈmil/ (Show IPA), 1840–1902, French novelist.
Contemporary Examples

Okay, not everything in this book meets the standards of realism as practiced by Balzac and Zola.
What are the Best Novels on Music? Ted Gioia October 18, 2013

Historical Examples

Books of the Zola type, but without their literary excellence, are legion.
The Minute Man of the Frontier W. G. Puddefoot

Zola he swore by, though Anatole France was a prime favourite.
The Mutiny of the Elsinore Jack London

You are not to suppose that in this last sentiment I have strengthened Zola’s expressions.
The English Novel Sidney Lanier

She saw it as the genius of Vasili Vereshchagin and mile Zola had seen it.
The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath

Zola and Ibsen could not, of course, be confined to mere reaction against taboo.
Three Plays by Brieux Eugne Brieux

“My little daughter Zola B. can spell everything,” said Maverick.
How Doth the Simple Spelling Bee Owen Wister

But in this matter of forbidden subjects Zola is regarded by the present generation as a trifle old-fashioned.
Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker

The Aino’s imagination is as prurient as that of any Zola, and far more outspoken.
Aino Folk-Tales Basil Hall Chamberlain

There can be little doubt that Zola’s best work was expended on the Rougon-Macquart series.
A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson

Émile (emil). 1840–1902, French novelist and critic; chief exponent of naturalism. In Les Rougon-Macquart (1871–93), a cycle of 20 novels, he explains the behaviour of his characters in terms of their heredity: it includes L’Assommoir (1877), Nana (1880), Germinal (1885), and La Terre (1887). He is also noted for his defence of Dreyfus in his pamphlet J’accuse (1898)


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