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[ZOLA, Émile]
Zola Todt! [Newspaper extract from Neues Wiener Tagblatt, Demokratisches Organ, September 29, 1902]
[Vienna?]: "Steyrermuhl", 1902. First Edition. Newspaper extra announcing the death of Émile Zola (1840-1902), the prolific French author who achieved notoriety later in his career for the article "J'accuse," which first appeared in the newspaper L'Aurore in 1898 and accused the French Navy of obstruction of justice and anti-semitism in the false imprisonment of the Jewish artillery officer Alfred Dreyfus. The author would subsequently be brought to trial for libel that same year, during which he was convicted and stripped of his Legion of Honor. Zola was found dead on September 28, 1902, the vicitm of a carbon monoxide leak, which some have speculated may have been murder, though whether for political reasons remains unclear (see Angélique Mounier-Kuhn, "L'asphyxie d'Émile Zola," Le Temps, August 8, 2014, pp. 8-9). His funeral, held on October 5th, was attended by thousands. The present broadside is a moving short piece on the accomplishments of the author, with special emphasis on his exposé of the Dreyfus Affair. No copies individually catalogued in OCLC as of October, 2016. Large broadside (41x27.5cm.) printed in Roman and blackletter; previous fold lines, type a bit smudged, presumably at time of production, a few tiny chips and closed tears along extremities, else Very Good and sound.
Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books [U.S.A.]
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