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[zoh-luh; French zaw-la] /ˈzoʊ lə; French zɔˈla/
[ey-meel] /eɪˈmil/ (Show IPA),
1840–1902, French novelist.
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Zolaesque, adjective Unabridged
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  • The Aino's imagination is as prurient as that of any Zola, and far more outspoken.

    Aino Folk-Tales Basil Hall Chamberlain
  • Zola, desiring bread, undertook the task, with results that might have been anticipated.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • It then occurred to Zola to write the tale on these lines himself.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • At one point of his speech he used the words: "Un hros comme Zola."

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • This is the Zola method, but it is that method with a difference.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction David Christie Murray
  • A truer and completer picture of war than either Tolstoy or Zola.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • But I've loved you ever since I heard you calling Zola in that wonderful voice of yours.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • Zola he swore by, though Anatole France was a prime favourite.

  • She saw it as the genius of Vasili Vereshchagin and mile Zola had seen it.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for Zola


/ˈzəʊlə; French zɔla/
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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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