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Happy Birthday Emile Zola

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

A portrait of Emile Zola.
Émile Zola

Émile Zola was born on this day (2 April) in 1840.

Zola (1840-1902) was a French novelist, playwright and journalist.

He was a naturalist writer and arguably the most influential French novelists of the late 19th century.

Zola was nominated for the first ever Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1901 and subsequently also in 1902, but he never won.

Some of his best works were Les Rougon-Macquart, Thérèse Raquin, Germinal and Nana.

Did you know that Émile Zola exiled in London and lived in Queens Hotel near Crystal Palace?

A blue plaque can be found at this site, as Zola lived here from 1898 to 1899.

📍Cranbourn St, London WC2H

The nearest station is Crystal Palace Train Station. 🚆

if you want to find more hidden literary gems in London visit our Writer's Path Map 👈⁠ ⁠

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