By Émile Zola
Zola conteur et nouvelliste ? l. a. réponse a de quoi surprendre: on forget about le plus souvent que l'auteur des Rougon-Macquart, tout au lengthy de sa carrière, s'est adonné à l'écriture de récits brefs aux tonalités variées. Ce quantity rassemble près de trente textes rédigés pendant ses jeunes années de bohème et de journalisme. A leur lecture, c'est un Zola méconnu qui surgit soudain : fantaisiste, lorsqu'il met en scène l'errance dans Paris d'un lion et d'une hyène échappés du zoo (Une cage de bêtes féroces) ou lorsqu'il raconte l'histoire d'un homme qui décide, un beau matin, de faire trade de femmes laides (Les Repoussoirs), mais aussi promeneur inspiré et satiriste engagé... Qu'on ne s'y trompe pas : le romancier est déjà là tout entier. Qu'il croque le bourgeois (Villégiature) ou parodie l'engouement du public pour le roman populaire (Les Disparitions mystérieuses), qu'il s'indigne de l. a. misère (Le Chômage) ou raille los angeles montée en puissance de l. a. publicité (Une victime de l. a. réclame), le tempérament éclate à toutes les pages. Par los angeles richesse de leur suggestion, ces petits chefs-d'œuvre révèlent un auteur plus insaisissable et naturel que ne le laissent supposer les professions de foi naturalistes.
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Preceding the readings are substantial suppers accompanied by plenty of alcohol. After each member reads his original 舠brief prose tale舡 (a hit at some best-selling author舗s typical theme and form), critiques follow. Poe once wrote that these critical interchanges were meant to enliven comedy in the project: Voiced by pretentious would-be authors, each tale is delivered by a first-person narrator, a caricature of an actual popular author represented. Because the author-reader of the worst tale hosts the next meeting, and because one of the group has his works successively targeted, someone in the group eventually becomes enraged, flees to a publisher with the manuscripts, and hurries them into print as an expose, for revenge.
Many misunderstandings concerning Poe舗s poems need correcting. Among them is the notion that 舠The Sleeper舡 (titled 舠Irene舡 when it originally appeared in the 1831 Poems) is grotesque, and that it may betray a necrophiliac strain in Poe himself. The poem has continued as a popular standard selection in anthologies, and it is neither insignificant nor revolting. Rather than betraying any personal emotions or proclivities of its author, 舠The Sleeper舡 treats a situation more commonplace in Poe舗s era than in our own and is accompanied by the subtle unfolding of a bereaved lover舗s psychology.
Canadian bor der is formalized. Mary Shelley publishes Frankenstein. 1819Following the collapse of the London tobacco market, John Allan舗s London business closes under the strain of unpaid debts. S. Savannah becomes the first steam-powered ship to cross the Atlantic. Walt Whitman and Herman Melville are born. Walter Scott publishes Ivanhoe. 1820The Allans return to America, arriving in New York in July be fore continuing on to Richmond. 1821Edgar enrolls in the school of Joseph H. Clarke. He begins writing poetry, composing one of his earliest surviving poems, 舠O, Tempora!