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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.

  • Visiting letter from Emile Zola with dedication.
  • Front and back, with the original envelope (the text written on the envelope "Emile Zola's autograph" is obviously not from Emile Zola).
  • In French.
  • 10.3 cm x 6.2 cm.
  • No information about location and date.
  • Excellent condition.
  • Unique 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 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 Honoré de Balzac's "Human Comedy", another great reference in French literature, Emile Zola wrote the series "The Rougon-Macquart", made up 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 small thank you phrase 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 imagine that Zola met a Brazilian in France and that he brought the card when he returned to Brazil.

Autograph documents from 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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