Eric Hobsbawm on the Rougon-Macquart series

Here’s British historian Eric Hobsbawm on the importance of Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series:

The history of the bourgeoisie, key class of our period, remains to be adequately written, certainly in English and in generally accessible form. Asa Briggs, Victorian People (1955) is a useful introduction, but the best guide is to be found in the Rougon-Macquart series of novels by Emile Zola, which analyse the society of the French Second Empire, and whose documentary reliability is high.

(from The Age of Capital 1848-1875)

One comment on “Eric Hobsbawm on the Rougon-Macquart series

  1. Lisa Hill says:

    High praise indeed!


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