The Information icon (an i in a circle) will give you valuable information about PEP Web data and features. You can find it besides a PEP Web feature and the author’s name in every journal article. Simply move the mouse pointer over the icon and click on it for the information to appear.
For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.
Tutter, A. (2018). A Veritable Murder: Émile Zola, His Friend Paul Cézanne, and His Book L’Œuvre. Am. Imago, 75(1):67-103.
(2018). American Imago, 75(1):67-103
A Veritable Murder: Émile Zola, His Friend Paul Cézanne, and His Book L’Œuvre
Adele Tutter, M.D., Ph.D.
It is for you alone that I write these pages. I know you will read them with your heart, and that tomorrow you will love me with even greater affection.
—from Zola's dedication of Mon Salon to Cézanne
I “A Magnificent Book”
In March 1860, the nineteen-year-old Émile Zola (1840-1902) wrote to Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), his dearest childhood friend:
[25 March 1860]
[I] had a dream the other day. I had written a beautiful book, a magnificent book for which you had done beautiful, magnificent engravings. Our two names shone together in gold letters on the title page, and, in this brotherhood of genius, were inseparable for posterity. Unfortunately, this is as yet only a dream (Cézanne, 1995, p. 55).1
Twenty-six years later, Zola partly realized his dream with the 1886 publication of the novel L’Œuvre. The fourteenth volume in the mammoth Rougon-Macquart cycle, the book would indeed bind him to Cézanne “for posterity”—not, however, by marking the immortality of their brotherhood, but by marking its end.
[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the article. PEP-Web provides full-text search of the complete articles for current and archive content, but only the abstracts are displayed for current content, due to contractual obligations with the journal publishers. For details on how to read the full text of 2014 and more current articles see the publishers official website.]