File 16 - Files: 305 – 310

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CA ON00389 F17-3-16


Files: 305 – 310


  • 1899 - 1900 (Creation)

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12 cm of textual records

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These files consist of photocopies of handwritten letters, postcards, cartes de visites, telegrams, newspaper
clippings and handwritten transcriptions of letters sent to Émile Zola between October 1899 and December 1900. The earlier correspondence is largely composed of either discussion around the Dreyfus Affair (the retrial
of Alfred Dreyfus at Rennes, his reconviction and subsequent pardon) or praise for Zola’s Fécondité. A
large portion of these files are correspondence between Ernest Vizetelly, Zola, Macmillan & Co.
representatives and Chatto & Windus regarding Vizetelly’s difficulties in translating Fécondité into a book that
would be deemed both legal and appropriate for the English-speaking audiences in England and the United
States. The later files begin to discuss Zola’s rough draft of Travail (the next novel in his Quatres Évangiles
series), as well as translations and rights of distribution.

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Box 37: Letters from October 1899 – December 1900

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