Émile Zola (1840-1902)

Original grave at Cimetière de Montmartre

Photo taken by: Donarreiskoffer
Death: 29th September 1902
Location: Panthéon, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Cause of death: Accidental – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
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French writer, considered to be the most important exemplar of the literary school of
naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. More than half of Zola's novels were part of this set of 20 collectively known as Les Rougon-Macquart. Set in France's Second Empire, the series traces the "environmental" influences of violence, alcohol and prostitution which became more prevalent during the second wave of the Industrial Revolution. The series examines two branches of a family: the respectable (that is, legitimate) Rougons and the disreputable (illegitimate) Macquarts for five generations.

Grave in the Panthéon
Photo taken by: Rémih
Zola died of Carbon monoxide poisoning caused by an improperly ventilated chimney. He was initially buried in the Cimetière de Montmartre in Paris, but on 4 June 1908, just five years and nine months after his death, his remains were relocated to the Panthéon, where he shares a crypt with Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas.