EMILE ZOLA - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/12/1875 - HFSID 227334
Sale Price $1,360.00
A letter from the French writer, saying that his wife has recently had a relapse in her health
Autograph letter signed: "Emile Zola", 1p, 5¼x8¼. Paris, 1875 June 12. In French, translated. Begins: "My dear friend". In full: "Thank you for your interest in my dear sick wife. I am hoping that her convalescence will go much more quickly. There hasn't been exactly a relapse, but things are dragging in an annoying way. Now, the doctor prescribed a change of air. I am annoyed and rather embarrassed. I remembered your invitation and I am depending on taking advantage of it. I hope that next week my wife will be able to spend a few hours with Madame Charpentier, which will do her good. We will arrive towards three o'clock and we will return in the evening in time for dinner. You see how I organize you. Madame Charpentier, would one be free next Friday. We will arrive at your house on that day unless you prefer to arrange for another day. All good wishes to your wife & a good handshake." EmileZola (1840-1902), who founded naturalism in literature, had met his wife, the former Gabrielle Alexandrine Meley, in 1864, when she was posing for Monet and Cezanne. The couple married in 1870, five years before Zola, wrote this letter, and, although Alexandrine was childless, the author fathered two children, a daughter, Dennis (born in 1889), and a son, Jacque (born in 1891), by his mistress, Jeanne. Zola, who was a vigorous defender of Alfred Dreyfuss, publishing a letter beginning "J'accuse" in the French press, was forced to flee to England in 1898. Alexandrine obviously recovered from the illness mentioned in this letter - not only did she visit her husband in exile (as did his mistress), but she also outlived him - and provided for his mistress and children after his death. Lightly creased, touching the flourishes of the "Z" and "a" of Zola. Some words smudged. Otherwise, fine condition.
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