Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola
, ; 2 April 184029 September 1902) was a French novelist, journalist, playwright, 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 and in the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus
, which is encapsulated in his renowned newspaper opinion headlined ''J'Accuse…!
'' Zola was nominated for the first and second Nobel Prize in Literature
in 1901 and 1902.
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