“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” ~ Émile Zola (April 2, 1840 to September 29, 1902)
Zola was a French novelist and influential thinker, and famous for his work on the exoneration of the artillery officer Alfred Dreyfus and J’Accuse, his open letter to the French leader in 1898.
Dreyfus was accused of treason, imprisoned at Devil’s Island and was the victim of anti-Semitism. He was eventually pardoned.
According to Wikipedia, Zola was a key figure in the political liberalization of France.
He wrote “The truth is on the march, and nothing shall stop it.”
[Source: headline quotation from SocialOomph tweet September 4, 2010. Second quotation from Wikipedia. Biographical information partially known to me; dates from Wikipedia and biographical information verified through use of Wikipedia, accessed September 7, 2010].
Here is a link to Wikipedia for image of newspaper front page J’Accuse…!
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