Van Gogh's Letter To A Friend Includes A Pretty Harsh Literary Review

December 4, 2014 1:23 PM

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The following is an excerpt from Ever Yours: The Essential Letters, a collection of correspondences between Vincent van Gogh and his friends and contemporaries. In this particular letter, he discusses the writer Emile Zola, who is often considered a father of naturalism. According to van Gogh, Zola didn't have a sufficient understanding of art, but this lack of knowledge didn't negatively impact his writing.

I still wanted to write again while you’re travelling. Thanks for the consignment of books. I would like to apply to Zola’s Mes haines Zola’s own words about Hugo, "I should like to demonstrate that, given such a man on such a subject, the result could not be another book than the one it is," also Z...

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