Emile Zola was a French novelist, playwright, and journalist. He is well known as the self-proclaimed leader of the literary school of French naturalism. Zola’s naturalism is a style that traces philosophically to Auguste Comte’s positivism, but also to physiologist Claude Bernard and historian Hippolyte Taine. His book, The Experimental Novel is considered a naturalistic novel and one of the key works of the style. His writing helped to inspire the concepts of heredity, social Manicheanism, and idealistic socialism,

Zola started working in the sale department for the publisher Hachette and that lead to him writing for them eventually. One of his early works, a sordid autobiographical novel called La Confession de Claude, attracted police attention that lead to him being fired from Hatchette. His breakout novel was called Thérèse Raquin and shortly after its release he started the series called Les Rougon-Macquart that would make up more than half of his literary output.

Publication Order of Four Social Romances Books

Fruitfulness (1899)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Work (1901)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Truth (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Rougon-Macquart Books

The Fortune of the Rougons (1870)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Kill (1872)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Belly of Paris (1873)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Conquest of Plassans (1874)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sin of Father Mouret (1875)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
His Excellency Eugene Rougon (1876)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Drinking Den (1877)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Love Episode (1877)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nana (1880)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Restless House (1882)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ladies' Paradise (1883)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bright Side of Life (1883)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Germinal (1885)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Masterpiece (1886)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Soil (1887)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dream (1888)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Beast in Man (1890)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Money (1891)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Downfall (1892)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Doctor Pascal (1893)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Three Cities Books

Rome (1896)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lourdes (1914)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Paris (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Claude's Confession (1865)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Therese Raquin (1867)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mysteries of Marseilles (1867)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Madeleine Ferat (1868)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Miller's Daughter (1880)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Heirs of Rabourdin (1894)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Travail: Labor (1901)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fête at Coqueville (1907)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Mad Love (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Piping Hot! a Realistic Novel (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Dead Woman's Wish (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Flood (1880)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Death Of Olivier Becaille (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Three Short Stories (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Collections

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Dead Men Tell No Tales (1877)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Collected Works Of Emile Zola (1938)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best Known Works of Emile Zola (1941)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Four Short Stories By Emile Zola (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stories for Ninon (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Four Short Stories (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Attack on the Mill and Other Stories (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Experimental Novel and Other Essays (1880)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
I Accuse! (1898)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dreyfus Affair (1898)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dreyfus Case (1898)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Notes from Exile (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Looking at Manet (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like Emile Zola Books, You’ll Love…

The Belly of Paris is considered to be one of his classic works. The book follows Florent Quenu who is deported to Devil’s Island following Louis-Napoleon’s coup-d’état in December 1851. Quenu escapes and make his return to Paris, only to find the city unrecognizable as it has changed so much since he left. He finds that the world has great food and the society has devolved into a devotion to food and government so he decides to attempt an an insurrection.

Another classic is called The Ladies’ Paradise. This story recounts the development of the modern department store in late nineteenth century Paris and how that store has become the symbol of capitalism, the modern city, and the bourgeois family. Octave Mouret is the store’s owner-manager who exploits the desires of his female customers for his own gains. Things change when he falls in love with the innocent Denise Baudu, but she is the only one who won’t be commodified.

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