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Émile Zola was the most prominent French novelist of the late 19th century. He was noted for his theories of naturalism as expressed in Les Rougon-Macquart.
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Émile Zola was born April 2, 1840 in Paris, France. In 1865 he published his first novel, La Confession de Claude. In the following years he continued his journalism career in while publishing two novels. In 1868, he decided to write a large-scale series of novels. As the founder of the naturalist movement, Zola also published several treatises to explain his theories on art.
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