File 22 - A.l.s. (visiting card) from Émile Zola to [Paul-François Ménard-Dorian]

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CA ON00389 C8-4-22


A.l.s. (visiting card) from Émile Zola to [Paul-François Ménard-Dorian]


  • [1887-1889?] (Creation)

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25. A.l.s. (visiting card) from Émile Zola to [Paul-François Ménard-Dorian], Paris, s.d., 1 p.
“With our deepest sympathy on your loss”. Paul Ménard-Dorian (1846-1907) was an extremely prominent armaments manufacturer and member of the Republican government from 1877 to 1889 and from 1890 to 1893. In 1900, Zola toured the Ménard-Dorian factories at Unieux in preparation for his 1901 novel, Travail, which is set in a steel foundry.
Further research into the biography of Paul Ménard-Dorian would probably help in determining the date of this visiting card, which is obviously a message of condolence. The address on the card (23, rue Ballu) suggests that the card must date from between 1877 and 1889, the period during which Zola lived in this Paris apartment.

  • *The text of this card has not been published.

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Box 12 Folder 206

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