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

Publication Order of Rougon-Macquart Books

The Fortune of the Rougons (1870)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Kill / The Rush for the Spoil (1872)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Belly of Paris / The Fat and the Thin (1873)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Conquest of Plassans (1874)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sin of Father Mouret / The Sinful Priest / Abbe Mouret's Transgression (1875)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
His Excellency Eugene Rougon (1876)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Drinking Den / The Dram Shop / L'Assommoir / The Gin Palace (1877)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Love Episode / A Page of Love / A Love Story (1877)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Nana (1880)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Restless House / Lesson in Love (1882)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ladies' Paradise / Lesson in Love (1883)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Bright Side of Life / How Jolly Life Is / Zest for Life (1883)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Germinal (1885)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Masterpiece / His Masterpiece (1886)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Soil / Earth (1887)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dream (1888)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Beast in Man / The Beast Within (1890)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Money (1891)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Downfall / The Debacle (1892)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Doctor Pascal (1893)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Claude's Confession (1865)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Therese Raquin (1867)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Mysteries of Marseilles (1867)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Madeleine Ferat (1868)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Miller's Daughter (1880)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Heirs of Rabourdin (1894)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Travail: Labor (1901)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Fête at Coqueville (1907)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Mad Love (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Piping Hot! (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Dead Woman's Wish (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Flood (1880)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Death Of Olivier Becaille (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Three Short Stories (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Collections

Dead Men Tell No Tales (1877)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Collected Works of Emile Zola (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best Known Works of Emile Zola (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Four Short Stories By Emile Zola (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stories for Ninon (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Four Short Stories (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Attack on the Mill and Other Stories (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Experimental Novel and Other Essays (1880)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
I Accuse! (1898)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dreyfus Affair (1898)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Notes from Exile (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Looking at Manet (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Erotic Tales of the Victorian Age(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Erotic Classics I: Kama Sutra, The Memoirs of Fanny Hill and Others(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dover Anthology of Cat Stories(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Writers: Their Lives and Works(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fays of the Sea and Other Fantasies(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

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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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