ZOLA Émile (1840-1902).

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ZOLA Émile (1840-1902).
Autograph MANUSCRIT, Notes parisiennes, Paris 23-24 June [1876]; 8 pages in-8 on 8 ff of blue superfine paper (one leaf cut for printing and repaired formerly), mounted on tabs and bound in almond green half vellum bradel. Chronicle on the reception of Jules Simon at the Académie française. [Elected on December 16, 1875 to the chair of Charles de Rémusat, Jules SIMON (1814- 1896) was received under the dome on June 22, 1876 by Charles de Viel-Castel. Zola's Notes parisiennes were published in the newspaper Le Sémaphore de Marseille. The manuscript, which was used for the printing, shows some erasures and corrections] The first two pages (numbers 6 and 7), dated "Paris 23 June", speak of the weather: "Yesterday, we had thirty-two degrees of heat. It is a very high temperature for the Parisians"; a storm broke out in the evening... The reception of Jules Simon promises to be curious... June 24. "The solemn reception of M. Jules Simon, on Thursday, at the Académie française, had a very particular brilliance", different from the cold ceremonies of the kind... Jules Simon is "of an adorable suppleness, and he has in him enough finesse to spare himself a success"... Among the enormous crowd, Zola distinguishes politicians, and evokes the entrance of Thiers under the applause. "It was a terrible heat that flooded all the faces with sweat. The women, braver than the men, did not even wipe themselves, so great was their curiosity. Jules Simon speaks: "The voice is at first slurred, embarrassed, almost unintelligible. Little by little, it settles down, it expands. [...] it takes inflections so caressing, so irresistible flexibility, that one is won over in advance [...] The speaker knows perfectly the charm of his instrument. He plays it with extreme skill. I have seen him, in the House, win extraordinary successes"... He gave a real lecture on Charles de Rémussat: "Never before have the ladies, under the serious dome of the Institute, been at such a party. Also the success of the speaker was very lively, in spite of the unusual length of his speech. The public was amused, something enormous and which seemed to stupefy the academicians on their benches"... As for Viel-Castel's answer, "what a bucket of cold water! But as the audience left, a formidable storm broke out, a real five-hour deluge...
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