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The Masterpiece Summary
Émile Zola

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The Masterpiece Summary

Plot Summary

Émile Zola's novel, THE MASTERPIECE, is a semi-autobiographical work telling a story of artistic and political rebellion among a group of aspiring young artists and writers in Paris of the 19th century. Accepted leader of the Bohemian group is the brilliant artist, Claude Lantier, who is haunted by the need to create his masterpiece. He knows what he wants to do but seems forever incapable of accomplishing his goal because of personal insecurities. Falling in love with an innocent young woman, Christine, he begins to live with her and they start out their relationship in blissful romance. Christine is kept hidden from his group of friends who are young men that began their association as school boys in Plassans all now residing in Paris. The artistic abilities of this group include painting, sculpting, architecture, music, and literature. They have a self-avowed rebellion against the Romanticism in art with...

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