Another Ignoramus, Please

Emile Zola passed the Sorbonne’s written exams in science and mathematics but failed in the language and literature orals; he forgot the date of Charlemagne’s death, he thoroughly botched the German reading test, and he somehow misinterpreted a simple fable. His attempt two months later to enter the University of Marseilles ended even more disastrously. His performance on the written entrance exam was so atrocious that he didn’t even take the orals. He lamented in a letter to his friend Paul Cézanne, “I’m a total ignoramus!” Later, he wrote Nana and other popular novels, and was the founder of the Naturalist movement in literature.

Published in: on February 3, 2010 at 3:01 PM  Leave a Comment  

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