File 7 - Files: 250-254

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CA ON00389 F17-3-7


Files: 250-254


  • 1888 - 1890 (Creation)

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11 cm of textual records

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These files consist of photocopies of correspondence written to Émile Zola between January and December
of 1891. The contents are largely composed of photocopies of handwritten letters, cartes de visites, telegrams
and some typed transcriptions of letters. Recurring correspondents in these files include Gabriel Thyébaut,
Eugène Fasquelle, Ernest Vizetelly, Numa Coste, and Antoine Guillemet. Much of the content is congratulations to Zola for his election as President of the Société des gens de lettres as well as his
commissioning of the Statue of Balzac. In some situations, it appears that Zola has written when he responded
to certain letters on the top of the correspondence (see letter from an editor in Prague, dated May 19, 1891, in
File #252 – they are not signed, but the handwriting resembles Zola’s). File #254 contains a variety of undated
correspondence (organized alphabetically) that is presumed to be from 1891, and is accompanied by an
incomplete inventory of some of the letters. Included in this file is a series of undated cartes de visites from
Antoine Guillemet.

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Box 28: Letters from January – December 1891

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