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DEMARS DIOT, Aline. "Michel Zevaco and the Serial Novel"
Article published on 21 March 2004
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Thèse doctorat d’Etat, Littérature française, Marius Guyard dir., Paris 4, 1986. [S.l.] : [s.n.]

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The writer of the famous cloak and dagger series of Les Pardaillan, Michel Zevaco (1860-1918) is today quite unknown in spite of the new interest aroused by popular litterature.

A former school teacher, then an officer, he became a militant journalist, who wrote for various revolutionary newspapers, of anarchist tendancy. He became famous mainly for the part he played in the anticlerical struggles at the end of the last century. Then ,as a writer of serial novels, he published works which had a great success in Jaurès’ daily La Petite République, and he became appointed serial writer for Le Matin from 1906 to his death.

His already well-established poularity was made even greater by his promising beginnings as a film-director of movies in 1917. His novels first published by Fayard and Tallandier were republished several times and adapted for the screen. But the latest paperback edition only gives mutilated version impaired by many cuts.

He remains the author of Les Pardaillan, Le Capitan, Borgia, Buridan, L’Héroïne, l’hôtel Saint Pol and Nostradamus, his most famous historical novels. But he also published novels related to his times. Some of his serials have never been published by any publishing house.

The purpose of this thesis is to give a better knowledge of this novelist

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