The Works of George Moore
Moore claimed his true education was at the Nouvelle Athènes, a Parisian café frequented by artists and writers. Indeed, while in Paris he met the French writer Émile Zola, who led Moore to adopt a modern 'naturalism', particularly in the very successful pseudo-autobiographical novel Confessions of a Young Man (1888). Moore's legacy has continued. Although his later novel Vain Fortune (1891) did not reach full expectation, this story of a writer who can neither write nor give up writing made a lasting impression on James Joyce, who later used it as inspiration for his own The Dead.