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With Zola in England

Ernest Alfred Vizetelly

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .So our friend Zola is in London!'

To describe my amazement is beyond my powers. I could only gasp, 'How do you know that?'

'Why, my wife saw him yesterday in Buckingham Palace Road.'

I was confounded. For my part I had scarcely glanced at the ladies whom Desmoulin had conjectured to be French actresses—simply because they were young, prepossessing, and spoke French!—and certainly I should not readily have recognised Mrs. Spalding, whom I had only met once some years previously. It now seemed to me rather fortunate that she should be the person who had recognised M. Zola, since she would naturally be discreet as soon as the situation should be made clear to her.

After I had explained the position, I ascertained that the only person besides herself who knew anything so far were her husband and the lady friend who had accompanied her on the previous day.

'I will telegraph t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A truly charming account of Zola's one year stay in England when he fled France to avoid being arrested for the publication of "J'accuse" and his part in the Dreyfus Affair. The Vizetellys were Zola's publishers and friends.

Living in public accommodations wasn't satisfactory, so Vizetelly arrange...more