Émile Zola (1840-1902) was one of the foremost writers of 19th-century French literature, and a key figure in the school of naturalistic fiction. Anthony Cummins writes for the Daily Telegraph and the Times Literary Supplement, and has written about Zola in the Review of English Studies and the Victorian Review.
The Floodby Emile Zola
Saint-Jory -- our home
Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola was the best-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France. Zola was nominated for the first and second Nobel Prize in Literature in 1901 and 1902.
Saint-Jory -- our home -- is situated at the bottom of a slope at about five hundred yards from the Garonne. Screens of tall poplars that divide the meadows, hide the river completely.
We could see nothing. And still the cry rang out:
"The Garonne! The Garonne!"
Suddenly, on the wide road before us, appeared two men and three women, one of them holding a child in her arms. It was they who were crying out, distracted, running with long strides. They turned at times, looking behind with terrified faces, as if a band of wolves was pursuing them.
"What's the matter with them?" demanded Cyprien.
It was the river -- it was The Flood.
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