File 13 - Files: 146-150

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CA ON00389 F17-2-13


Files: 146-150


  • 1898 (Creation)

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12 cm of textual records

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These files consist of photocopies and typed transcriptions of letters, postcards, telegrams and cartes de visites
sent by Émile Zola in 1898. Recurring correspondents include Henry Céard, Alexandrine Zola, Fernand Xau,
Alfred Bruneau, Fernand Labori and Jeanne Rozerot. The contents of the letters are both personal and
professional, and span Zola’s involvement in the Dreyfus Affair starting with his article J’Accuse in January of
1898 through his trial and conviction in February and the first half of his exile. These files also include a
touching letter to Jeanne Rozerot, explaining that he must leave for England because of the turn the trial had
taken, dated July 18, 1898 (in File #148). There is a noticeable increase in the number of personal letters
written to family members in these files, due to Zola’s exile (largely Alexandrine Zola, Jeanne Rozerot, Denise
Rozerot and the Laborde family members).

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Box 15: Letters from January - December 1898

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