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Business card autographed by Emile Zola

Business card autographed by Emile Zola

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The great French writer Emile Zola leaves his business card with his thanks.

Emile Zola's visiting letter with dedication. Front and back, with the original envelope (the text written on the envelope "autograph by Emile Zola" is obviously not by Emile Zola). In French. 10.3cm x 6.2cm. No information about location and date. Excellent condition. Single piece.

With my deepest thanks

Émile Zola (1840 - 1902) was one of the most important writers in French literature. The son of an Italian engineer, he grew up in Aix-en-Provence, where he became friends with the famous painter Paul Cezane and, later, with the painter Edouard Manet. However, convinced of his talent as a writer, he decided to dedicate himself to literature and began, as a journalist, writing columns for newspapers, in which he showed himself to be politically engaged.

His most famous text is the open letter entitled "J'accuse (I Accuse)". Published on the front page of the Parisian newspaper L'Aurore, in 1898. In it, Emile Zola accused the French government of anti-Semitism against Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French army, convicted of treason.

Influenced by the "Human Comedy" by Honoré de Balzac, another great reference of French literature, Emile Zola wrote the series "The Rougon-Macquart", composed of 20 novels, the best known being "Germinal" (1885), in which he describes, in very precise detail, the terrible living conditions of workers in a coal mine in France.

This business card with Zola's little thank you quote does not have an identified recipient, but was found in Brazil. As there is no report of Zola's trip to South America, we can assume that Zola met a Brazilian in France and that he brought the card with him on his return to Brazil. Autograph documents by classic writers like Zola have always been highly sought after by collectors who love French literature, especially when they are in perfect condition and with their original envelope, as in this case.

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