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Émile Zola was in Paris in 1840.

His , François Zola, was the son of an Italian engineer and a French woman

... and his was Émilie Aubert.

The family moved to , in the southeast when he was three years old.

Four years later, in , his father died, leaving his mother on a meagre pension.

In 1858, the Zolas moved to Paris, where became friends with the painter Paul Cézanne...

...and started to write in the style.

Zola's widowed mother had planned a law career for him, but he failed his .

Before his break-through as a writer, Zola worked as a clerk in a shipping firm, and then in the sales department for a .

He also wrote for newspapers.

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