Goncourt brothers were Edmond de Goncourt (1822-96) and Jules de Goncourt (1830-70), both French Naturalist writers.
formed a partnership that "is possibly unique in literary history.
Not only did they write all their books together, they did not
spend more than a day apart in their adult lives, until they were
finally parted by Jules's death in 1870".
Their career as writers began with an account of a sketching
holiday together. They published books on aspects of
eighteenth-century French art and society (eg Portraits intimes
du XVIII siecle
), dismissing the vulgarity of the Second Empire
in favour of a more
refined age. They also wrote the long Journal des Goncourt
which gives an interesting view of the literary and social life of
their time. They are often not only caustic, but even
They published six novels, of which Germinie Lacerteux
1865, was the fourth. It is based on the true case of their own
maidservant, Rose Malingre, whose double life they had never
Their emphasis on pathological cases occasionally trumped their
psychological delicacy, but their impressionist style nonetheless
had an intense and original precision.
- Germinie Lacerteux (1865)
- Madame Gervaisais (1869)
- Journal des Goncourt, 1851-1896
- French Eighteenth Century Painters, 1859-1875
- Kirsch (2006)