Therese Raquin

Literary significance and reception

Thérèse Raquin is generally considered to be Zola's first major work.

Upon its release in 1867, Thérèse Raquin was a commercial and artistic success for Zola; enough so that it was reprinted in book form in 1868. It gained additional publicity when critic Louis Ulbach (pen name: Ferragus) called Thérèse Raquin "putrid" in a long diatribe,[4] upon which Zola capitalized for publicity and to which he referred in his preface to the second edition.

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