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A.l.s. from Émile Zola to Édouard Fournier

  1. A.l.s. from Émile Zola to Édouard Fournier (1819-1880), [Paris], 20 November 1865, 3 p. – on letterhead «Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, Boulevard Saint-Germain, 77», crossed out.
    Zola writes to Fournier, a journalist who wrote for a number of Paris newspapers, to request that Fournier read and comment on Zola’s new (and his first) novel, La Confession de Claude in Fourier’s upcoming literary column in La Patrie.
    In this letter, Zola’s keen sense of how to create publicity for his works is already evident, since he tells Fournier that he will not be upset if Fournier gives an honest opinion of his work. “It goes without saying, writes Zola, that I prefer a frank evaluation to a couple of indulgent lines.”
    Published in Correspondance, vol. 1, p. 422-423 (letter 129).
    This is a very significant letter, not only because of its content but also because letters from this period (the 1860’s) are relatively rare.

Actor René Maupré (René de Chauffour)

-Press clippings (221 pages) following the career of actor René Maupré – clippings ranging from 1904-1930 approx. (many clippings are not dated) – some clippings with photographs – great variety of important French newspapers: L’Humanité, Le Matin, La Petite République, L’Aurore, Le Monde illustré, Le Figaro, etc. – clippings about the Théâtre Antoine (Maupré was one of its stars) – some playbills from the Théâtre Antoine – some clippings from American and English newspapers (from p. 145) and some from Italian newspapers (p. 192 sq.) – a very interesting article by Maupré himself (1920?) on the future of cinema as a new art for the “masses” (p. 177).
-8 photographs (black and white) glued on coloured cardboard – Antoine, Camaret, staging of Coriolan by Antoine.

Letters from François Émile-Zol, Martine LeBlond-Zola to J. Sanders.

-Typed and signed letter from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated «Paris, 26 décembre 1970».Le Blond thanks Sanders for the invitation to the Zola colloquium planned at the University of Western Ontario; however, his professional duties will prevent him from attending.
-Autograph letter with envelope from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, 9 August 1979.Le Blond tells Sanders how much he enjoyed his visit. Unfortunately, he cannot find the 12th and last scene [of Germinal?] written in Zola's handwriting.
-Autograph letter with envelope from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 20 November 1979.Unfortunately, Le Blond cannot identify Zola's correspondent in the letter dated 18 December 1882. Thanks Sanders for his article on Renée, and reflections on Zola's theatrical career.
-Autograph letter from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 4 January 1980. Expresses his regret on learning about the illness of Sanders' son. His wife and daughter join him in expressing their concern. Hopes that he will soon have the occasion to visit them in L'Etang la-Ville.
-Autograph postcard [Zola's house in Medan] from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 30 December 1981.Sends his best wishes for the new year. He and his wife are looking forward to a visit from Sanders.
-Autograph postcard [view of “Marly-le-Roi au XVIIIe siècle”] from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 3 January 1983. Sends his best wishes for the new year. Apologizes that the postal strike prevented him from replying to Sanders' letter of 27 October 1982. In spite of careful research, he has been unable to identify the authors of two letters by Zola of which Sanders had sent him copies.
-Autograph card from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 31 July 1984. Sends the photocopies requested by J.B. Sanders, and apologizes for having taken so long. Hopes that they will see each other soon at L'Etang-la-Ville.
-Autograph letter from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 28 December, 1985. Sends his best wishes for the new year and for better health for Sanders' son. His manuscript of Germinal is still available if Sanders wishes. The letter is enclosed in a card, showing a painting by Raphael Toussaint.
-Autograph card [UNICEF Christmas card] from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, [1985]. Sends his best wishes for 1985 and hopes to see him soon.
-Autograph card from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 14 May 1987. Sends a photocopy of an empty envelope from Leon Deffoux to his father (Maurice Le Blond), dated September 1943, which he had forgotten to include in his letter.
-Autograph letter from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, with envelope, dated 1 June 1987, on letterhead from the «Sociétt littéraire des amis d’Emile Zola». Expresses his regret at the death of Sanders' son. Happy however to learn that Sanders is coming to France, and suggests possible dates for a visit. Sanders can keep the manuscript of Germinal as long as he needs it.
-Autograph card [UNICEF Christmas card] from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 4 January 1988. Thanks Sanders for his good wishes, and sends his own in return. Is looking forward to the publication of Germinal in 1988.
-Autograph postcard [from Musée Grévin] from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 11 January 1992. Sends his best wishes for the new year and congratulates Sanders on his study of proper names in Zola's work. Gives him the address of Delaballe.
-Autograph card [UNICEF Christmas card] from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 26 January 1993. Le Blond apologizes for being slow in sending his new year's wishes, since he has been very ill with bronchitis. Is happy to see that Sanders has published the correspondence between Céard and Thyébaut.
-Autograph card [UNICEF Christmas card] with envelope from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 2 February 1995. Sends best wishes for 1995 and his compliments on Sanders' article on Céard and Thyébaut.
-Autograph card [Van Gogh's "La Moisson"] with envelope from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders [January 1996, added in J.B. Sanders' hand; envelope stamped 22 January 1996. Thanks J.B. Sanders and his wife for their good wishes and alludes to the Sanders' travels.
-Autograph postcard [Musée Victor Hugo] with envelope from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, [16 January 1997], with a postscript from Martine Le Blond-Zola. Sends his best wishes for the new year. Apologizes that he cannot identify the "Colin" about whom Sanders was enquiring. His daughter, Martine, also sends her best wishes in an autograph note.
-Autograph letter with envelope from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated March 19, 1997. Le Blond apologizes for taking so long to reply, but he is currently hospitalized for a heart ailment. Authorizes Sanders to publish the letters from Maurice Le Blond to Leon Deffoux in the Cahiers naturalistes. Evokes his memories of the times Deffoux spent at his mother and father's home and affirms that Deffoux was at the centre of Zola studies before academic Zola studies began in 1955-1960. Will search for any correspondence he has between Deffoux and his father when he returns home to L'Etang-la-Ville.
NOTE: these letters seem to remain unpublished (see Cahiers naturalistes, 2007).
-Autograph letter from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated May 9, 1997. Ill health has prevented him from replying sooner to Sanders' request. Sends copies of 7 letters from Leon Deffoux to Maurice Leblond (27/12/25, 2 et 25/01/30, 4, 10 et 17/02/30, 04/02/31). Describes the letters and speaks at length about the importance of Deffoux. Lists works in his possession by Deffoux with dedications to Maurice Le Blond.
-Autograph letter from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 28 December, 1997. Thanks Sanders for sending a letter from Thyébaut to Ceard. Sends copies of some articles by Deffoux, particularly an article of June 1924 which deals with the disagreement between the Zola family and the Academie Goncourt.
-Autograph letter with envelope from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sander, dated 6 December, 1998. Sends Sanders a copy of an article by Maurice Le Blond, “La Vérité sur l’incident Mallarmé”. Le Tombeau de Michel Abadie is a collection of poems, on which Le Blond comments. There is no list of Maurice Le Blond's publications, but he did keep a dossier of press clippings and a binder of the artaicles he published in L'Aurore from 1900 to 1905. Details on where to find the manuscripts of Les Rougon Macquart, Les Trois Villes, and Zola's letters.
-Autograph card [Marly-le-Roi au XVIIIe siècle] from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, undated. Thanks J.B. Sanders for his letter and is happy to learn that his son is feeling better. Thanks him for his good wishes and hopes to see him soon.
-Autograph card ["Birds of America" series (Audubon)] from Jean-Claude Le Blond and his wife to J.B. Sanders, undated. Le Blond and his wife send their wishes for the new year and hope to see him soon.
-Autograph postcards [2 – views of Médan] from Martine Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 31 December 1998. Although her father is very ill, she hopes that he will live to see the publication of his work on Medan. The new year will also bring the beginning of the restoration of Medan under the directorship of Pierre Bergé. News of her family.
-Newspaper announcement of the death of Jean-Claude Le Blond, dated 23 March, 1999.
-Death announcement with envelope addressed to J.B. Sanders concerning the death of Jean-Claude Leblond, dated 20 March, 1999. Accompanied by a card from Martine Le Blond.
-Two postcards (27 October 1990, 19 October 1993) from Alain Pages to J.B. Sanders. Discussing the publication of Sanders' work in Les Cahiers naturalistes. Postcards are of Zola's house at Medan.

Autograph letters- J. K. Huysmans

  • Autograph letter (seemingly) by J.K. Huysmans to «Mons. Arnoud», dated «Vendredi 21 Xbre» Huysmans offers a copy of his novel À Vau l’eau to Arnoud.
  • Autograph letter from J.K. Huysmans to J.H. Rosny – with envelope, stamped from Toulon, July 21, 1891 (according to the Paris stamp at the back of the envelope) – the envelope bears the address of Alphonse Lemerre, Rosny’s publisher. Huysmans talks about Le Termite, a gallery of literary portraits published by Rosny in 1890. He enjoyed the book but deplores that the portraits of Villiers de l’Isle Adam and Barbey d’Aurevilly may leave something to be desired.

Albert Lantoine, Autograph letters to Léon Deffoux

  • Autograph letter with envelope from Albert Lantoine to Léon Deffoux, dated July 24, 1918. Thanks Deffoux for sending his book on le testament Goncourt. Evokes Zola and the Dreyfus Affair.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Lantoine to Léon Deffoux, dated January 14, [19]19 – on letterhead of «Le livre mensuel, 24, rue de Navarin (9e) Paris» Lantoine thanks Deffoux for sending his article. He sollicits his help on various matters related to literary criticism.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Lantoine to Léon Deffoux, dated October 3, (1919, from internal evidence – reference to a book by Marcello Fabri (La force de vivre) published by Le livre mensuel] - on letterhead of «Le livre mensuel, 24, rue de Navarin (9e) Paris» Asks Deffoux how to proceed to submit a book to the Académie Goncourt, for its annual literary prize. Le livre mensuel just published a novel by Marcello Fabri – which could be considered for the prize.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Lantoine to Léon Deffoux, dated October 26, 1921. Talks about his last book, a copy of which he is sending to Deffoux. Invites Deffoux to join his group of free masons; he would be honoured to have him as a colleague, but will understand if Deffoux refuses.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Lantoine to Léon Deffoux, dated November 2, 1921. Refers to an offer he made to Deffoux [and that Deffoux seems to have declined]. Lantoine reiterates his esteem for Deffoux.
  • Autograph letter from Albert Lantoine to Léon Deffoux, n.d. (reference to an article published in Le Mercure about Sarajevo – check) Offers an article on Bulgaria – where he gave a series of confences. Asks Deffoux to help him find an issue of the Mercure de France (1st May ?), in which there is an article on Sarajevo by Poncins.
  • Two empty envelopes addressed to Léon Deffoux, stamped 3-XI-1921 and 20-10-21, with header: «Le livre mensuel»

A.l.s. from Émile Zola to an unknown correspondent

  1. A.l.s. from Émile Zola to an unknown correspondent, Médan, 1 December 1881, 1 p.
    Note : This letter is written on black-bordered paper. Zola’s mother had died on 17 October, 1880.
    Zola authorizes his correspondent to translate his play, Les Héritiers Rabourdin, and to perform it in Germany, as long as his correspondent shares with him the proceeds of the performances.
    Les Héritiers Rabourdin is a three-act comedy written by Zola in 1873-1874. It was performed at the Théâtre Cluny in Paris from the 3rd to the 20th of November 1874, but met with little success.
    Published in Correspondance, vol. IV, p. 241-242 (letter 175-A).

Ferdinand Fabre Dossier, J.B. Sanders letter

-Autograph letter from Jacques Duviard to J.B. Sanders, Versailles, 17 November 1977. Sends to Sanders photocopies of letters from Ferdinand Fabre, his great grandfather, to Emile Zola (not attached) and authorizes Sanders to publish them in the context of the Emile Zola Correspondence.
-Various photocopies of articles about F. Fabre.

Gramont, Louis de, Rolande

Gramont, Louis de, Rolande. Pièce en quatre actes (cinq tableaux), Paris, Tresse & Stock Éditeurs, 1888. – With annotations throughout. Copy marked «Souffleur». With printed dedicace: «A Antoine, directeur du Théâtre-Libre et aux interprètes de Rolande. Reconnaissance profonde, Gramont.»

Heijermans, Hermann, La bonne espérance

Heijermans, Hermann, La bonne espérance. Jeu de la mer en quatre actes. Adaptation française de Jacques Lemaire et J. Schurmann, Paris, Librairie théâtrale, 1902. Uncut. – With a dedicace: «À André Antoine, avec toute mon admiration et mes dévoués sentiments de sincère amitié, J. Schurmann.»

Hennique, Léon, Amour, Poeuf

-Hennique, Léon, Amour, drame en trois parties. Représenté pour la première fois, sur le Théâtre de l’Odéon, le 6 mars 1890, Paris, Tresse & Stock, Éditeur, 1890.
-Hennique, Léon, Poeuf, Paris, Tresse & Stock, 1887. Incomplete. – With a dedicace: «À Monsieur A. Antoine (Jacques Damour tel que je l’avais rêvé!), avec mille remerciements et l’assurance de ma sympathie la plus cordiale, Léon Hennique.»

Hennique, Léon, La rédemption de Pierrot

Hennique, Léon, La rédemption de Pierrot. Pantomime. Cinq eaux-fortes de Louis Morin, Paris, Librairie des Amateurs A. Ferroud, F. Ferroud, Libraire-Éditeur, 1903.
Copy on papier du Japon bearing no 102.
With a dedicace: «A André Antoine, à l’ami, au lettré et au grand comédien, tout affectueusement, Léon Hennique.»

Ibsen, Henrik, Les revenants

Ibsen, Henrik, Les revenants. Drame familial en trois actes, traduits par Rodolphe Darzens, édition ornée d’un portrait d’Henrik Ibsen gravé en taille-douce, Paris, Tresse & Stock, 1890.
With a dedicace: «À André Antoine, à l’artiste unique, à l’acteur sans qualificatif, à l’ami… le seul, Rodolphe Darzens, de la part d’Henrik Ibsen, mai 1890».

Lecomte, Georges, Mirages

Lecomte, Georges, Mirages, drame en cinq actes, Paris, Calmann Lévy, 1893. – With a dedicace: «À toi, mon cher Antoine, en remerciment du talent et du courage que tu as mis au service de ce drame, à toi, de tout coeur, Georges Lecomte.»

A.l.s. from Émile Zola to the Petit Versaillais

  1. A.l.s. from Émile Zola to the Petit Versaillais, Médan, 14 November 1882, 1 p.
    Zola writes to the newspaper to request that he be sent three copies of the November 5th issue of the paper.
    In this issue, there had appeared a report on the trial of Zola’s valet, Henri Cavillier, who had been arrested for hunting illegally in Vernouillet, near Zola’s country property in Médan. Cavillier was found guilty and fined 16 francs.
    Published in Correspondance, vol. IV, p. 340-341 (letter 265).

Photographs related to Zola

Photographs
-L'Assommoir. Two stills from a lost 1909 version of Emile Zola's L'Assommoir, by Albert Cappelani (3 reels; 45 minutes)
-Zola, Emile. Photographic portrait. On the back, indication of the photographer as Porel, successor to the Maison Melandri in Paris.
-Zola, Emile. Two sketches of the novelist by his confrere, Pierre Loti (1850-1923), not dated. In 1891, Loti beat out Zola in the election to the Academie Francaise when the seat of Octave Feuillet became vacant.
-Zola, Emile. Photographic portrait of the novelist in his study. On the back, in pencil, an indication of Zola's address, 21 bis, rue de Bruxelles, which would date the photograph some time after September 1889.
-Photographs [probably taken by J. Sanders]. Three contemporary photographs (i) the tomb of Numa Coste (died 1907) in Aix-en-Provence; (ii) the tomb of Zola's parents in Aix-en-Provence; (iii) the tomb of Paul Cezanne in Aix-en-Provence.

Émile Zavie, letters to Léon Deffoux

  • Autograph letter from Émile Zavie to Léon Deffoux, dated September 17, 1916. In answer to Deffoux’s letters from September 9th and 10th. He does not want to talk about the news, to avoid the letters being intercepted. Discusses various authors and critics; what will be published after the war; his own writing and the poor state of his health.
  • Autograph letter from Émile Zavie to Léon Deffoux, dated February 8, 1917. He hopes to be in Paris for the launch of his book. Discusses authors and critics; thinks that the Mercure de France may dislike them, and they should publish in other periodicals; he is still working on his book.
  • Autograph letter from Émile Zavie to Léon Deffoux, dated from Tiflis, July 12, 1917- the letter is numbered: «Lettre IV». He assures Deffoux that the Revolution in Russia was not bloody and that everything is calm; everything is very expensive; Russian soldiers are not prepared for freedom; may be going to Kiev.
  • Autograph letter with envelope from Émile Zavie to Léon Deffoux, dated from Tiflis, July 14, 1917 - the letter is numbered: «Lettre V». He has read their article about Maupassant in the Mercure de France; notes some linguistic changes. Letter is continued under the date of July 19, 1917: talks about the Bolchevik revolution; asks for more mail because he feels isolated; will send an article on the Russian revolution for Deffoux to submit to a periodical; asks for books.
  • Autograph letter from Émile Zavie to Léon Deffoux, dated from Tiflis, July 20/August 2, 1917 - the letter is numbered: «Lettre VII» Talks cautiously about the Russian revolution because he does not want the letter to be intercepted.
  • Autograph letter from Émile Zavie to Léon Deffoux, dated December 12/30, 1917 - on letterhead of the Russian Red Cross – official numbering: «No 22» Wonders if he receives all the mail that is sent to him, considering that little reaches him; events are unfolding very quickly in Russia; asks Deffoux to write more often.
  • Autograph letter from Émile Zavie to Léon Deffoux, dated from Ourmiak, January 26, 1918 - the letter is numbered: «Lettre 29» Has read Wilson’s speech regarding peace; wonders if the Germans will understand; Russian soldiers are deserting and pillaging; terror, which could lead population to accept any government that will bring order back; his book is completed and he hopes to be soon in France; asks for press clippings, not books.
  • Autograph letter from Émile Zavie to Léon Deffoux, dated from Camp de Eckmuhl, May 29, 1918. Has received 3 letters from Deffoux at once; discusses authors and critics; gossips from literary life in Paris.
  • Autograph letter from Émile Zavie to Léon Deffoux, dated August 10, 1918 - envelope bears a sticker at the back: «Open under Martial Law – front bears the address of Zavie: «Ambulance alpine du Caucase. French Medical Mission» Was hoping to be back in France, but is being sent back to Russia; acknowledges being tired; has not heard from his wife; asks Deffoux not to tell her that he is sent to Russia; asks Deffoux to write and to try to do something for his repatriation.
  • Autograph postcard from Émile Zavie to Léon Deffoux, dated August 21,1918 –postcard: photo of Zavie standing in a snowbank; in the bottom right-hand corner: «À mon vieux Deffoux, son ami, E.Z., Ourmiak, février 1918. L’hiver, la neige dans un jardin persan» - the letter continues on a separate piece of lined paper. Will be in Russia within 8 or 10 days; in November, will continue to press for his repatriation; does not want to be accused of being an «embusqué»; thanks to the British, the mail arrives regularly; asks for news, letters, publishers’s catalogues.

Raymond, Charles, Don Carlos

Raymond, Charles, Don Carlos, drame en cinq actes et onze tableaux d’après Schiller, Paris, Charpentier et Fasquelle, 1896. – With a dedicace: «A Antoine, en lui renouvelant, ici, l’expression de ma reconnaissance, Charles Raymond.»

Vaucaire, Maurice, Un beau soir

Vaucaire, Maurice, Un beau soir, comédie en un acte, en vers. Représentée pour la première fois par la troupe du Théâtre-Libre sur la scène des Menus-Plaisirs, le 30 novembre 1891, Paris, Alphonse Lemerre, 1892. – With annotations throughout. Copy marked «Régie». – With 35 extra lines of text, hand-written on a piece of paper sewn into the play.

Typed letter from Jean-Richard Bloch

Typed letter from Jean-Richard Bloch [maybe to Deffoux] n.d. [after 1932] Bloch reminds his «confrère» that he sent an article for the periodical L’Oeuvre. He has not seen it in print yet, and wonders if the journal has decided to forgo publication.

A.l.s. from Émile Zola to Damase Jouaust

  1. A.l.s. from Émile Zola to Damase Jouaust (1834-1893), Médan, 1 January 1883, 2 p.
    Zola tells Jouaust that he can come to Médan any day he likes, but requests that he come in the afternoon, since Zola needs his mornings to finish the novel he is currently working on (Au bonheur des dames). Jouaust was negotiating with Zola for the publication of a deluxe edition of one of Zola’s earlier novels, Une page d’amour, which appeared in December 1884 in a two-volume set with ten drawings by Edouard Dantan, engraved by A. Duvivier, and was preceded by a foreword by Zola.
    Published in Correspondance, vol. IV, p. 365 (letter 289).

Clippings, programmes, photographs, letters related to Zola

-Le Charivari, 4 April 1888. This comic newspaper loved poking fun at Zola. In this issue, a satirical article on Zola's political ambitions, entitled "Zola Consultant", signed Cascadio (p. 1-2).
-Theatre du Vaudeville, 20 May 1892. Programme for a one-time matinee performance of Zola's Therese Raquin at the Theatre du Vaudeville in support of the Oeuvre de la Societe maternelle parisienne (La Pouponnière), a benefit organization for orphaned children.
-Signed theatre programme for a special matinee in support of a tomb and a monument for Henry Becque, 31 May 1904. The matinee featured drama, a lecture and a poetry reading. The programme is signed by Victories Sardou, Georges de Porto-Riche, Emile Fabre and Camille Le Sense.
-3 photographs (one of H. Becque as a young man, two of his monument).
-Autograph letter from [signature illegible – great-nephew of Becque] to Madame Georges Ancey, dated «le 23 novembre 1932». Is preparing an edition of Henry Becque’s work – knows that Becque and Ancey were close. Is inquiring if there are letters and documents he could consult. Antoine told him that it could be the case.
-Autograph letter from J. Molbert [?] to [?], dated «3 juin 1905». Asks for tickets for the play. Praises the play, which is penetrating and passionate.

Wolff, Pierre, Jacques Bouchard

Wolff, Pierre, Jacques Bouchard, pièce en un acte, en prose, Paris, Tresse & Stock, 1980. – With a dedicace: «A André Antoine, sans grandes phrases, sans protester autrement d’une amitié sincère, je signe, votre bon camarade bien dévoué, Pierre Wolff.»

A.l.s. (visiting card) from Émile Zola to Ernest Ziegler

  1. A.l.s. (visiting card) from Émile Zola to Ernest Ziegler (1847-1902), Paris, 26 [?], 1884, 1 p.
    A visiting card, bearing the message, “With many thanks”, written to Ernest Ziegler, a journalist, novelist, dramatist, and translator of Zola’s novels Germinal and L’Oeuvre.
    The card, which bears Zola’s Paris address, is accompanied by the stamped envelope, addressed to Ziegler in Vienna, and by a photograph of Zola. On the postmark, the day and the year are visible, but not the month.
    **Not published.

Correspondence related to Germinal (1993)

-Autograph authorization (on J.B. Sanders' card), dated 9 July 1979. Jean-Claude Le Blond authorizes J.B. Sanders to prepare a critical edition of the play, Germinal.
-Typed authorization from J. LeBlond-Zola to J. Sanders, dated 5 juin 1980. Authorization from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders to publish the text of Germinal (play).
-Autograph letter from Jean-Claude Le Blond to J.B. Sanders, dated 26 February 1989. M. Le Blond thanks him for sending a copy of Germinal and for having dedicated the volume to him.
-Autograph letter from Andre Beaudet (Les Editions Balzac) to J.B. Sanders, dated 8 November 1993. Concerning Benoit Patar and the fate of the archives of Les Editions Le Preambule (which published Germinal and which has now been taken over by Les Editions Balzac).
-Autograph memorandum from Bard Bakker to J. Sanders, dated May 2nd 1985, with a typed inventory of letters needed for one of the volume of Zola’s Correspondance. Is asking Sanders to see if he can get some of the letters from Jean-Claude LeBlond-Zola.
-Envelopes and other items of correspondence between J. Sanders and colleagues.
-Two copies of the program of the conference “Zola” – held at the University of Western Ontario in April 1971 – probably the first conference on Zola organized in Canada.
-Two offprints: J.B. Sanders, «Deux chroniques inédites d’Émile Zola destinées au Rappel. Présentation et annotation», extrait des Cahiers naturalistes, no 52, 1978.
Photocopy: invitation to the 1975 “Pélerinage littéraire de Médan” – allocution by J.B. Sanders.

Bertrand de Jouvenel, letters to Léon Deffoux

  • Autograph letter from Bertrand de Jouvenel to Léon Deffoux, n.d. – with envelope stamped «6 août 1929» Deffoux is the specialist on the naturalist movement: Jouvenel is writing a biography of Zola and would like to discuss with Deffoux about the period, the writers and their works.
  • Typed letter from Léon Deffoux to Bertrand de Jouvenel, dated August 7, 1929 - carbon copy, no signature. Deffoux would be delighted to meet with de Jouvenel; he lists a number of sources on Zola, and mentions that de Jouvenel should meet with Maurice Leblond, Zola’s son-in-law, and with the novelist’s daughter, Mme Leblond.
  • Autograph letter from Bertrand de Jouvenel to Léon Deffoux, n.d. – with envelope stamped «27 VIII 1929» Wants to thank Deffoux again for sharing his knowledge – may he come back for another meeting?
  • Autograph letter from Bertrand de Jouvenel to Léon Deffoux, dated December 20, 1929 - with envelope – with a typed document (2 pages), listing questions about Zola Thanks Deffoux for his help, with regards to his questions about Zola.
  • Autograph letter from Bertrand de Jouvenel to Léon Deffoux, n.d. – with envelope stamped «28 jan. 1930» Thanks Deffoux for sending documents; will visit him soon to reassure him about his up-coming book.
  • Typed letter from Bertrand de Jouvenel to Léon Deffoux, dated February 4, 1931. Sends to Deffoux a fragment of his up-coming book on Zola. Has “romanticized” his depiction of Zola. Will include his thanks to Deffoux in the preface of the book.
  • Typed letter from Léon Deffoux to Bertrand de Jouvenel, dated from Paris, February 5, 1931 - 2 copies, both signed. Expresses his reservations about de Jouvenel’s depiction of Zola. Asks de Jouvenel to include these reservations in the preface of his book.
  • Autograph letter from Bertrand de Jouvenel to Léon Deffoux, n.d. [from internal evidence: 1933 or 1934] Is publishing a novel with his wife, Marcelle Prat; asks Deffoux if he can publish selected passages in L’Oeuvre; wonders if Deffoux knew that Zola’s friend, Valabrègue, is still alive.
  • Postcard with portrait of Valabrègue by Cézanne, some notes scribbled on the back.
  • Photocopy of a book page with Bertrand de Jouvenel's obituary notice.

A.l.s. from Émile Zola to Adrien Remacle

  1. A.l.s. from Émile Zola to Adrien Remacle (1856-?), Médan, 12 May 1884, 1 p.
    Zola promises to send Remacle something for the next issue of La Revue indépendante.
    Zola’s short story, “Théâtre de campagne”, appeared in the second issue of La Revue indépendante (June 1884).
    Adrien Remacle worked as head of publicity for Zola’s publisher, Georges Charpentier, before becoming the director of La Revue contemporaine in 1885. He was also the author of several volumes of poetry and of a ballet based on Verlaine’s poetry.
    Published in Correspondance, vol. V, page 104 (letter 44).

Maurice LeBlond, letters to Léon Deffoux

  • Autograph card from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 4 juillet 1924», on letterhead of «Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Direction» Thanks Deffoux for sending copies of his «plaquettes». Will be sending Deffoux a copy of an anthology he prepared. Asks if Deffoux went to the Bibliothèque nationale to consult the Germinal collection, which would be useful to Deffoux.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 7 octobre 25», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Cabinet du Directeur» - with envelope on letterhead of «Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Direction», stamped «Paris 7 X 1926». Thanks Deffoux for his article on Zola’s country house.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 13 août 1927», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Has seen the Zola letter published by Deffoux in L’Oeuvre. Thanks him for the article on Céard, which makes LeBlond’s work easier. Sends another document and invites Deffoux for a visit at his home in l’Étang-la-Ville.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 21 septembre 1927», on letterhead of «République française. Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire». Thanks Deffoux for his article in L’Oeuvre, and for mentioning LeBlond’s upcoming article in le Mercure. Wishes Deffoux a good holiday.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 19 novbre 27», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Thanks Deffoux for publishing an excerpt of the notes on La Faute de l’Abbé Mouret. The second volume of La Débâcle will not be published anytime soon because LeBlond’s notes are not ready. Gives the order in which the other volumes will be published, in the Bernouard edition.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 24 novembre 27», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Sends proofs of the biography of Zola written by his daughter [LeBlond’s wife, Denise LeBlond-Zola].
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, n.d., on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Sends the proofs of the letters from Mallarmé to Zola, stressing the importance of these documents.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 1 janvier 28», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope addressed to Deffoux: «à l’Agence Havas, 13 Place de la Bourse, Paris 2e, à porter». Thanks Deffoux for sending the second edition of Le Groupe de Médan – LeBlond is touched by the dedication. Has also received the excerpts of the Mercure. Wishes Deffoux a happy new year.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 12 janvier 28», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Thanks Deffoux for the letter from Zola to Huysmans; will integrate it in the Correspondance. Still nothing from J.H. Rosny about the Goncourt. Will probably be forced to act – not looking forward to it.
  • Photocopy of an article by Deffoux [L’Oeuvre, 27 janvier 1928] about the Zola family and the Académie Goncourt.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «12 février 28». Sends the letter addressed to Ferragus and Zola’s reply, concerning Germinie Lacerteux. His wife will get back to Deffoux with answers to his questions. Is following the campaign launched in L’Oeuvre – recommends being careful not to give too much information to the «adversaire». Hopes to obtain an answer from the minister to Boully’s question.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «18 février 1928» Sends the text of a short letter from Edmond de Goncourt to Zola, regarding similarities between La Joie de vivre and Chérie, both published in 1884.
  • Photocopy of an article by Deffoux [L’Oeuvre, 28 mars 1928] regarding the Académie Goncourt.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «21 février 28». Sends excerpts of his notes for Son Excellence Eugène Rougon. The publisher [Bernouard] will send Deffoux a copy.
  • Autograph postcard from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Menton, 6 mars [1928]». Beautiful weather in Menton. Has read in the newspapers that Deffoux «assignation» will take place on Friday. Sends his best wishes.
  • Autograph postcard [view of Marseille] from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux [268 rue des Pyrénées], n.d. – stamped «Marseille, 17 3 28» - slipped in an envelope bearing the Agence Havas address. «Amitiés et à bientôt»
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 26 mars 1928», on letterhead of «République française. Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire». At Deffoux’s requests, sends excerpts of selected letters from Zola to the Goncourt brothers, to be published in La Revue de Paris of 1st April. Went to Southern France; worked at the Bibliothèque Méjane and found interesting material. Will tell him in person, as he hopes to see Deffoux very soon.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 21 avril 28», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Sends back the article by Céard; sends a copy of another article on the banquet of the Rougon-Macquart. Has given more thought to the idea of writing a history of naturalism with Deffoux and thinks it could be of great interest.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «L’Étang-la-Ville, le 11 août 1928», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope stamped «11 VIII 1928». Just got back from ten days away. Will be in his office from the 16th; Deffoux can send his manuscript there, and LeBlond will read it with great interest. Asks about Billy’s article: has it been published yet?
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 20 août 28», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Found Deffoux’s manuscript; it looks very promising. Thanks him for sending Billy’s article.
  • Autograph postcard [view of Pornic] from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, stamped «23-7 28», slipped in an envelope stamped «Paris 27-VIII 1928» -- Deffoux’s address [268, rue des Pyrénées] has been crossed out; directed to «Chez Madame Habay, à Corancey par Berchères les Pierres, Eure et Loire». «Amitiés et à bientôt»
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «25[?] août 28». Has searched for an unpublished letter by Zola, for L’Oeuvre, as requested by Deffoux. Does not have one to offer; is offering instead an article on war dating from 1900 or 1901, probably written for an American magazine, and still unpublished in France. Is sending a copy of a letter from Léon Daudet on La Débâcle. Is looking forward to discuss Deffoux’s manuscript.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 13 octobre 28», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «13 X 1928». Sends a copy of a letter he wrote to Anquetil, in reply to an interview given by Bouhélier – is still writing the introduction for Zola’s article on war.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 8 novembre 28», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Sends the text of a few letters regarding the cover of La Débâcle; may be interesting for a short article; can provide more information.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «22 novembre 28». Sends Deffoux information about his new book: Émile Zola: Lettres à MM. de Goncourt. Asks if Deffoux can talk about it in L’Intransigeant.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 29 novbre 28», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with an excerpt of the «Journal officiel du 18 novembre 1917» (typed) and clippings from the «Journal officiel du 28 novembre 1928». Because of a typo, the travellers using trains were told not to step out of the train when it was completely stopped (while it should have read, when it was not completely stopped). The typo was rectified eleven years after the first publication. LeBlond suggests that Deffoux could use this information for an amusing few lines in L’Oeuvre.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 3 janvier 29», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 3 I 1929». Sends a letter from d’Haraucourt concerning the incident at the Panthéon – Deffoux can publish it if he wishes.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 12 février 1929» - on a «carte lettre» with letterheard «Chez Graff, Brasserie restaurant. 92, Bould de Clichy, Place Blanche». Is still waiting for the excerpts of the Mercure; has read in L’Oeuvre Deffoux’s piece on Jean Lorrain and de Goncourt. Thanks Deffoux.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 1er mai 1929», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Sends volume II of Contes et nouvelles. Press service for La Terre has not yet started; Deffoux should go directly to Bernouard, the publisher.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «4 mai 29» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Thanks Deffoux for his piece in L’Oeuvre, about [?] Jean-Claude. His mother was delighted. Will write to Jean Piot as well, to thank him. Replied to Descaves.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, «L’Étang-la-Ville», n.d. [from J. Sanders’ hand: 1929?]. Has written down, in haste, a quick answer to Deffoux’s survey. Asks Deffoux if he could, around the 25th, talk to Tardieu again, through M. Hirsch, regarding his “petite affaire”; the timing would then be good.
  • Typed document, dated «Paris, 31 mai 1929», signed: «Le Directeur des Publications officielles, signé: PEYCELON.». Letter of support and official request for Maurice LeBlond to be promoted to the rank of “Officier de la Légion d’Honneur”. Peycelon lists LeBlond’s accomplishments as Secrétaire général de l’administration des Journaux officiels, since 1919. In addition, LeBlond is a distinguished man of letters.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 4 juin 1929», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Thanks Deffoux for his article in [??].
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 3 juillet 29», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 4 juillet 29». Thanks Deffoux for his article on Zola. Sends excerpts from an article to be published in the Bulletin de l’Association des Amis d’Émile Zola.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 4 juillet 1929», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - glued on the upper left hand corner: a wrapper for bus tickets, issued by the Société des transports en commun de la région parisienne. It features a portrait of Zola, but the caption reads «G. Bizet». Reminds Deffoux that the Société des transports wants to teach French history to its users. Sends the wrapper for bus tickets with the portrait of Zola and the caption «G. Bizet», suggesting that Deffoux could write a few lines in L’Oeuvre about this mistake.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 10 juillet 29», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 10 VII 29». Thanks Deffoux for helping with his «petite affaire» - did not see him at the burying of Souday.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 30 août 29», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» [stamp unreadable]. Thanks Deffoux for sending his article published in Les Nouvelles littéraires. Heard that Diamant-Berger [the film director] paid a visit to Deffoux. LeBlond thinks that Bernouard has gone mad – refers to an interview published in L’Ami du peuple.
    -Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «1er octobre 1929» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 2 10 29». Writes to give his new address in Paris.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 13 novembre 29», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Cabinet du directeur» - with envelope on letterhead of «Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Direction», no stamp. Sends a «M. Derpius[?]», who is looking for work in journalism.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Vendredi 21 décembre» [1929]. Sends copies of the letter prepared for the Minister of Education – also sent a copy of the letter to Adrien Hébrard from the newspaper Le Temps. Received a phone call from the Comité Victor Hugo; they read to him a communiqué which was vague – communiqué written by Haraucourt.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Samedi». Sends his article – the copy is bad. Asks Deffoux to read the proof, if the article is typeset before Deffoux leaves the newspaper.

Maurice LeBlond and Denise LeBlond-Zola, letters to Léon Deffoux

  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 4 janvier 30», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 4 janv 30». Received the brochure about Lourdes; thanks Deffoux. Is not too worried about subscriptions for the banquet. Asks Deffoux if he knows the restaurant Le Rocher de Cancale. The committee must be thanked; he will try to see Deffoux on Monday about this.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 7 février 30», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - no stamps – note on the upper right hand corner: «P.O. attendre réponse». The letter reads: "Can you please give to the person handing you this letter the documents you mentioned during your telephone call – thank you."
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 10 février 30», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris [?] fév. 30». Is returning 3 documents – has found three texts by Maupassant. Suggests publishing excerpts (40 to 50 lines) from publications about Huysmans.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 21 mars 30», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris, 21 III 1930». Asks Deffoux to announce in one of his columns that Fasquelle will publish, at the end of March, a limited edition of Zola’s short story L’inondation. Profits will go to the victims of the floodings in Southern France (March 1930).
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 12 avril 1930», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris, 12 IV 1930». Thanks Deffoux for his articles in L’Oeuvre and L’Intransigeant.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 6 mai 1930», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Sends a document about Maupassant, that Montfort has returned to him. Asks Deffoux to thank Zavie for the photograph of his wife and Hennique, published in L’Intransigeant.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris 18 mai 30» - with envelope stamped «Paris 19 V 1930». Has just heard, from his brother-in-law Jacques Zola, about Deffoux’s brother and his accident. Shares Deffoux worries.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 25 mai 30». Has just found the «faire-part» sent by Deffoux [regarding his brother?] – reiterates his «deep and true affection»
  • Autograph postcard [view of MontLouis] from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, stamped «7 – 7 30». Will attend a writers’ lunch in Niort [with writers from the Poitou, among which Jean-Richard Bloch]. Will see Deffoux upon his return in Paris.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 25 juillet 30», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Has written to Fasquelle. If Deffoux sees Fasquelle, he can ask, in addition of the letters from Goncourt, Maupassant, etc. on L’Assommoir, if there are any other letters from the Parnassiens (Banville, Mendès…).
  • Autograph postcard [view of Kertugal] from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux – stamp unreadable; date pencilled: «août 1930». Is enjoying his holiday; hopes Deffoux will have good weather in September, for his own holiday.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 9 octobre 30», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Congratulates Deffoux on his book on L’Assommoir; praises the quality of the work. His wife and himself are very touched that the book was dedicated to them. Hopes to be able to see Deffoux very soon, to thank him in person.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, n.d., on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Sends a list of names [not included] – friends to whom he would like to offer a copy of Deffoux’s book on L’Assommoir. [He also seems to be sending copies of the book to Deffoux, asking him to sign them].
  • Autograph postcard [view of Béziers] from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «14 octobre 30». Excellent weather in Languedoc – sends his «amitiés»
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 31 décembre 30», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Sends excerpts of his wife’s book on Zola and Cézanne, if that could be of interest to Deffoux. NOTES ON THE LETTER: «Cher vieil ami Léon, puisque tu le connais si bien, veux-tu le faire?» «Tu le feras bien mieux que moi. Et bonne année, pas?», with initals that may be [E.Z.]
  • Autograph card from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 3 septembre» [probably 1924 or 1925], on letterhead of «Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Direction». Sends a bit of «literary information», which he is recommending to Deffoux.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 15 janvier 31», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 15 janv 31». Sends the information Deffoux required – lists the four illustrations featured in his wife’s book (portraits of Zola). Is still thinking about the book on naturalism that Deffoux and himself should write. Is still trying to locate an article on L’Assommoir written by Vallès. Attended a “clandestine presentation” of a movie on Dreyfus. Would L’Oeuvre be interested?
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «20 janvier 31». Announces that his wife will write to Deffoux very soon. As for him, he wants to thank Deffoux for all the articles he is publishing on Denise LeBlond’s book. Will send a clean copy of the Huysmans letters. Sends his very best wishes to Deffoux.
  • Autograph letter from Denise LeBlond-Zola to Léon Deffoux, dated «20-1-31» - with envelope stamped «Paris 20 – I 1931». Thanks Deffoux for his friendship and for his article in L’Oeuvre, about her book. She will frame the characters of L’Assommoir [?].
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 28 janvier 31», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «28 I 31» - note on the envelope: «Pneumatique». Confirms that he has lodged his complaint with the «procureur de la République», regarding the «petite affaire» he discussed with Deffoux.
  • Carte de visite «Mr & Mme Maurice Le Blond», with hand written note, with envelope addressed to Léon Deffoux, stamped «Paris 2 II 1931». «Mr & Mme Maurice Le Blond resteront chez eux, le dimanche 15 février, de 5 à 8 heures, pour recevoir leurs amis.»
  • Autograph letter from Denise LeBlond-Zola to Léon Deffoux, dated «3-2-31», with envelope stamped «Paris 3 II 31». Thanks Deffoux profusely for praising her book.
  • Press clipping – hand-written note: «Journal 12 2 1931», «Emile Zola raconté par sa fille», par Lucien Descaves.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «5 février 31». Is returning the proofs sent by Deffoux. As he told Deffoux on the telephone, he finds the text appalling. Thinks that «ce pauvre garçon» will look like a fool. Is sending copies of four letters by Huysmans.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 6 février 31», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Is sending another the text of another letter from Huysmans.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 16 février 31», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Hennique would have liked to see Deffoux the night before [see Carte de visite, 2 II 31], to give him a document – LeBlond is sending the document to Deffoux.
  • Press clipping – hand-written note: «France judiciaire 15 février 1931», «L’Affaire Dreyfus au théâtre. Les impressions de Me Joseph Hild qui fut le collaborateur et l’ami de Labori»
  • Press clipping – hand-written note: «Pt Marseillais 18/2 1931», «Emile Zola par Denise LeBlond-Zola, par Marcel Gras»
  • Autograph letter from Denise LeBlond-Zola to Léon Deffoux, dated «24-2-31», with envelope stamped «Paris 24 II 1931» - with short press clipping. Wishes to recommend to Deffoux the book of her friend, the Hungarian writer Sandor Kémeri [Mme Boloni – book on Bourdelle]. Was wondering if Deffoux could talk about it in L’Oeuvre. Thanks Deffoux for his note in L’Intransigeant.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 17[27?] février», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Is returning the article on Hild. He has not seen his sister-in-law in a while. Will ask her about the family of Maurice Roux. Mentions the portrait of Bourdelle lent by Madame Boloni.
  • Press clipping, no source, no date - «Emile Zola pendant la guerre de 1870 par Armand Charpentier» - about Denise LeBlond-Zola’s book.
  • Autograph postcard [view of Nice] from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, stamped «Nice 21 IV 1931». Read Deffoux’s piece in Le Mercure. Will try to help to solve the mystery of «28 rue Royale, à Saint-Cloud».
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 13 mai 1931», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 13 MAI». Send the information requested by Deffoux, about Zola’s cousin and the Italian branch of the family. Joins a hand-drawn genealogical tree of Zola’s family.
  • Document: genealogical tree of Zola’s family, established by Maurice LeBlond.
  • Autograph postcard [view of Royan] from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Royan, 16 août 1931». Has received Deffoux’s letters – is disappointed for Hennique [?]. Does not know d’Armaingaud [?].
  • Autograph postcard [view of the Barrage Zola] from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, date illegible, 1931. Is in Aix for three days. Will meet the mayor.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 3 novembre 31», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Zola’s correspondence is now in the Bibliothèque nationale. Is sending a «communiqué», for Deffoux to insert in the «feuille Havas». Deffoux should stress that the correspondence will be available for public consultation. Flaubert’s papers, on the contrary, are kept under key.
  • short paper-bound publication by Maurice LeBlond, "Les Projets litteraires d'Emile Zola au moment de sa mort," Paris, 1927, 27 pp.
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