Edmond de Goncourt
Edmond de Goncourt
|French literary history|
Edmond Louis Antoine Huot de Goncourt (pronounced [ɛdmɔ̃ də ɡɔ̃kuʁ]; 26 May 1822 – 16 July 1896) was a French writer, literary critic, art critic, book publisher and the founder of the Académie Goncourt.
Goncourt was born in
After their mother's death in 1848, the brothers inherited an income which enabled them to live independently and pursue their artistic interests. Edmond was able to leave a treasury clerkship that had made him so miserable as to contemplate suicide. For much of his life, he collaborated with Jules creating works of art criticism, a notorious journal, and subsequently several novels. Their most notable novel was Germinie Lacerteux (1865), inspired by the exploits of the brothers' housekeeper Rose, who stole from them to fund a double life of orgies and sexual encounters. It is considered one of the earliest works of French Realism to deal with the working class.
In 1852, Edmond and his brother were indicted for an "outrage against public morality" after they quoted erotic Renaissance poetry in an article. They were ultimately acquitted. He was known to be fascinated with Rococo and Japanese art. He also collected rare books. The brothers' house at Auteuil, which they purchased in 1868, was a showcase for their collection of 18th century French and Far Eastern art. Edmond documented the house and its interiors in his 1881 book "La Maison d'un Artiste". Between 1856 and 1875, the brothers published essays on 18th century art in a collected series called "L'Art du XVIIIe siècle", which revived appreciation for the Rococo.
After the death of Jules in 1870, Edmond continued to write novels alone. He also continued writing the
He bequeathed his entire estate for the foundation and maintenance of the Académie Goncourt. In honour of his brother and collaborator, Jules de Goncourt (17 December 1830 – 20 June 1870), each December since 1903, the Académie awards the Prix Goncourt. It is the most prestigious prize in French literature, given to "the best imaginary prose work of the year".
Edmond de Goncourt died in
- Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, dessiné et gravé d'Antoine Watteau (1875)
- Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint, dessiné et gravé de P. P. Prud'hon (1876)
- La Maison d'un Artiste (1881)
- La Saint-Huberty (1884)
- L'Art japonais du XVIIIe siècle, Outamaro. Le peintre des maisons vertes (1891)
- La Guimard, d'après les registres des Menus Plaisirs, de la bibliothèque de l'Opéra, etc. (1893
- L'Art japonais du XVIIIe siècle, Hokousai (1896)
- Le Grenier (1896)
- La Fille Elisa (1877)
- Les Frères Zenganno (1878)
- La Faustin (1882)
- Chérie (1884)
- Goncourt Journal
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- ^ a b c "Biographie" (in French). www.goncourt.org. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
- ^ Edmond & Jules de Goncourt (1989). Journal des Goncourt Mémoires de la Vie Littéraire I: 1851–1865. Robert Laffont. p. LVIII.
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- ^ "Exchange: Portrait of Edmond de Goncourt". exchange.umma.umich.edu. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
- ^ Friderica Derra de Moroda, "Choréographie: The Dance Notation of the Eighteenth Century: Beauchamp or Feuillet?," The Book Collector 16, no. 4 (1967): 459.
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- ^ Edmond & Jules de Goncourt (1989). Journal des Goncourt Mémoires de la Vie Littéraire I: 1851–1865. Robert Laffont. p. LXXXXVIII.
- ^ Lubrich, Naomi (2015). "Luftschlösser weben. Edmond de Goncourt und die Mode der modernen Großstadt", in: Lendemains, 40/160 (in German). pp. 109–136.
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- ISBN 9780521499149.
The 'big six' literary prizes in France have an extremely high profile and are, significantly, all awarded for novels. The best known and most prestigious is the Prix Goncourt. The other major literary prizes are the Grand Prix du Roman de l'Academie Francaise, the Prix Femina (awarded by a jury of women, though not necessarily to a female novelist), the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Interallie and the Prix Medicis.
- ^ "Bibliographie de 1851 à 1896". www.goncourt.org. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
- ^ notice bibliographique. catalogue.bnf.fr. 1884. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
- Works by Edmond de Goncourt in eBook form at Standard Ebooks
- Works by Edmond de Goncourt at Project Gutenberg
- Works by Edmond de Goncourt at Faded Page (Canada)
- Works by or about Edmond de Goncourt at Internet Archive
- Blog dedicated to Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
- Newspaper clippings about Edmond de Goncourt in the 20th Century Press Archives of the ZBW
- "Goncourt Brothers and the Taste for the 18th Century" symposium at the Frick Collection, featuring art historians Olivier Berggruen and Yuriko Jackall
- 1822 births
- 1896 deaths
- 19th-century French historians
- 19th-century French journalists
- 19th-century French male writers
- 19th-century French novelists
- Burials at Montmartre Cemetery
- French art critics
- French art historians
- French diarists
- French literary critics
- French male journalists
- French male novelists
- French publishers (people)
- Goncourt family
- Writers from Nancy, France
- 19th-century diarists