Lot n° 211
600 - 800
ZOLA Émile (1840-1902).
L.A.S. "Emile Zola", Paris December 4, 1869, to journalist
Edmond TEXIER; 2 1/2 pages in-8.
Unpublished letter about the publication of the first volume of Les Rougon-Macquart, La Fortune des Rougon.
[Zola, in the grip of great financial difficulties, is struggling to see his work published as soon as possible. La Fortune des Rougon will first appear in serial form in the newspaper Le Siècle in 1870, before finally being published at the end of 1871 by Charpentier]
He saw CHAMPFLEURY last night who frightened me greatly by telling me that the council was absolutely determined to have Dumas' novel published. So I went today to ask you if you didn't think that I should approach Mr. Terré. Not having met you, I thought I would take a chance. I found Mr. Terré very benevolent", as well as
M. Durier: "Both of them promised me to support you strongly, if you would make a small report on my particular situation. I don't think, dear Sir and Master, that my steps can displease you. I simply wanted to make it easier for you to campaign for me.
It is better that the council decides. Your responsibility will be less, your extreme benevolence for me will cause you less trouble. [...] Please point out my intolerable position with regard to Lacroix; say above all that my novel, having as its setting the insurrection of 1851, has today the topicality that it may no longer have in a few months, at the rate at which events are moving. I am quite certain, moreover, that you will do your best to remove a favorable vote from the council.
Champfleury's novel will end. The matter must be decided on Wednesday. Forgive me my impatience, for I am really in a situation that is getting worse every day"... He gives his address "14, rue la Condamine (Batignolles)".
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