The Masterpiece (Les Rougon-Macquart, #14)

The Masterpiece (Les Rougon-Macquart, #14)

ISBN: 0192839632

ISBN 13: 9780192839633

Publication Date: July 22, 1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 464

Format: Paperback

Authors: Émile Zola, Roger Pearson

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The Masterpiece is the tragic story of Claude Lantier, an ambitious and talented young artist who has come from the provinces to conquer Paris but is conquered instead by the flaws of his own genius. Set in the 1860s and 1870s, it is the most autobiographical of the twenty novels in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series. It provides a unique insight into Zola's career as a writer and his relationship with Cezanne, a friend since their schooldays in Aix-en-Provence. It also presents a well-documented account of the turbulent Bohemian world in which the Impressionists came to prominence despite the conservatism of the Academy and the ridicule of the general public.

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