Émile Zola Drama Analysis - Essay

Émile Zola Drama Analysis

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

French writers seem to exhibit a need to write for the theater. It is as though seeing one’s work performed onstage were a final imprimatur of success. Among the great nineteenth century novelists, both Stendhal and Honoré de Balzac attempted to write for the stage, but only Victor Hugo managed to achieve fame as a poet, novelist, and playwright. Zola attended regular dinners in Paris with a group that included Gustave Flaubert and Alphonse Daudet. These evenings were called the “dinners of the hissed authors” because everyone present had had a play hissed off the stage.

Nevertheless, Émile Zola remains important for the history of the theater because of his innovative dramatic theories. The artistic principle...

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