Review of Reviews,  1 (1890), 303.

Three Views About Zolaism. By Dr. O. W. Holmes, Mr. W. H. Mallock, and Mr. Hall Caine




Publications abstracted:

Oliver W Holmes Atlantic Monthly Magazine


Morality, Imagination, Disciplinarity, Boundary Formation

People mentioned:

Émile Zola

    Holmes insists that 'when the poet or the story-teller invades the province of the man of science, he is on dangerous grounds [...]. The imaginative writer is after effects. The scientific man is after truth. Science is decent, modest; does not try to startle, but to instruct. The same scenes and objects which outrage every sense of delicacy in the story-teller's highly-coloured paragraphs can be read without giving offence in the chaste language of the physiologist or physician [....] Leave the description of the drains and cesspools to the hygienic specialist, the painful facts of disease to the physician'.

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