The duke d’Aumale

Henri-Eugène-Philippe-Louis d’Orléans, duke d’Aumale (16/1/1822, Paris – 7/5/1897, Zucco, Sicily) Fourth son of King Louis-Philippe, and an Orleanist, supporter of the constitutional monarchy. Pursued an army career 1839-1847, in Algeria among other places, ending up as lieutenant general and governor of France’s African possessions. Exiled in 1848 after the revolution and remained in England until 1871. Returned…… Continue reading The duke d’Aumale

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Changes to Programme

Please note that the cancelled Zoom talk by David King has now been rescheduled for May 6th. The quiz answers are available. The winner will be contacted very soon. The June meeting on Gissing may now be held in person – more details soon.

Saving Energy

Blow the candle out, I don’t need to see what my thoughts look like. Emile Zola Germinal

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News from Paris

La prochaine séance du séminaire Zola se tiendra vendredi 15 avril, à partir de 10 h, avec un exposé d’Olivier Sauvage (Université Catholique de Lyon), intitulé : « Le théâtre lyrique d’Emile Zola et Alfred Bruneau, au carrefour des scénographies naturaliste, symboliste et wagnérienne ». Comme les précédents, ce séminaire se tiendra à distance. Lien de…… Continue reading News from Paris

Seminar

The EZS seminar on Saturday (26th March) was attended by over twenty members who greatly enjoyed the excellent talks. Refreshments were available, kindly organized by Chantal.

Zoom Talk April 1 Cancelled

TALK CANCELLED DUE TO COVID On Friday April 1st, at 6pm, David King will give us a talk on The Duc d’Aumale, resident of Orleans House in Twickenham. Henri Eugène Philippe Louis d’Orléans (1822-1897), Duke of Aumale was a leader of the Orleanists, a political faction in 19th-century France associated with constitutional monarchy. He was born…… Continue reading Zoom Talk April 1 Cancelled

At the cheese counter

C’était une cacophonie de souffles infects, depuis les lourdeurs molles des pâtes cuites, du gruyère et du hollande, jusqu’aux pointes alcalines de l’olivet. Il y avait des ronflements sourds du cantal, du chester, des fromages de chèvre, pareils à un chant large de basse, sur lesquels se détachaient, en notes piquées, les petites fumées brusques…… Continue reading At the cheese counter

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February Meeting

The first ‘live’ meeting of the Society took place on Friday 11th February at the new venue – Lumen URC in Tavistock Place. The talk by Dan Rabelleto Zola, Blood, Sex and Money was greatly appreciated by the attendees as they enjoyed the wine and nibbles provided.  The venue was considered eminently suitable for forthcoming…… Continue reading February Meeting

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Rougon-Macquart Summary

Here is a veritable mine of information – a free downloadable summary of the Rougon-Macquart novels: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/5103/5103-h/5103-h.htm “I wish to explain how a family, a small group of human beings, conducts itself in a given social system after blossoming forth and giving birth to ten or twenty members, who, though they may appear, at the…… Continue reading Rougon-Macquart Summary

A touch of realism

One forges one’s style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines.

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