[zoh-luh; French zaw-la]


É·mile [ey-meel] /eɪˈmil/, 1840–1902, French novelist.

Related formsZo·la·esque, adjective
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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

  • This is the Zola method, but it is that method with a difference.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction

    David Christie Murray

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


    David Christie Murray

British Dictionary definitions for zola



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)
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