Born 1840 in Paris, French novelist, playwright, journalist Émile Zola was also the best-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism, and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism.
Zola was a major figure in the political liberalization of France and in the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, which is encapsulated in the renowned newspaper headline J’Accuse…! He was nominated for the first and second Nobel Prize in Literature in 1901 and 1902.
In addition, Zola was quite a talented photographer as well. A lot of the pictures in this set captured everyday life during the early Edwardian age, most of them were from the 1900 Exposition Universelle.
Zola died in 1902 of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by an improperly ventilated chimney, aged 62.