EMILE ZOLA - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/04/1889 - HFSID 4292
Sale Price $1,190.00
1889 letter, handwritten, dated and signed by Zola, regarding the decoration of his house
Autograph letter signed: "Emile Zola", 3 pages, 5¼x8 (1 sheet folded, front and verso). Medan, France, 1889 August 4. Addressed to "Dear Sir". In French, partially translated. In part: "Dear Sir, I am sending back your sketches for the kitchen window, which I will accept such as they are. In the letter which you wrote yesterday, I had indicated square or round panels, but, actually, I believe it would be better to put them below - We are putting them in an opening sash and for the louver window and at the top of the columns it is therefore simply useless to put the lead which you have placed in the middle between the two panes, then one can always open the sash and clean. You can go check out the kitchen. I am waiting for the sketches for the window on the stairs and those in the bathroom. For the border in this loft, use a Renaissance border of sparrows scattered amongst leaves. There can be yellow, red and green or blue; but very soft. My best". Emile Zola (1840-1902), the founder of Naturalism, defended French Army Officer Alfred Dreyfus, who had been convicted of treason (1894) and imprisoned on Devil's Island (1895). Zola had written a scathing letter beginning "J'accuse" that was published in the newspaper "L'Aurore" on January 13, 1898. Anti-Semitism had played a large part in the Dreyfus case, and after Zola's letter appeared, the author was forced to flee France. He went to England, where he lived from 1898-1899 before returning to France. Lightly toned. Folded thrice horizontally and unfolded. Toned along folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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