Baldick, Robert: Pages from the Goncourt Journal.

Baldick(ed., trans, intro.), Robert - Pages from the Goncourt Journal. Folio Society 1st thus, 1980. 'What we have tried to do is to bring our contemporaries to life for posterity in a speaking likeness,' wrote Edmond de Goncourt. The result was a literary partnership unique for its closeness and intimacy, which produced one of the most celebrated diaries in the world, a journal strutting with famous names and alive with incident. The brothers were quite different in character; Edmond, serious and deliberate, and Jules, volatile and spoilt; but they shared the same likes and dislikes, the same suspicion of the outside world - even the same mistress, although they distrusted women implicitly. Women, observed the Goncourts, were responsible for 'all the miserable little compromises with one's conscience' and should be avoided. The journal is marvellous for its immediacy. It opens in 1851, on the day when the brothers published their first novel - and a coup d'etat brought Louis Napoleon to power. Conversations with Flaubert, Gautier, Zola and Maupassant, critical judgements on art and literature, amusing and often scabrous anecdotes about great and humble alike, take place against a colourful background of slums, palaces, brothels, drawing rooms and studios; and the contemporary photographs, mainly taken by the intrepid Nadar, are the perfect complement to this vivid bohemian world. (Folio Society). 9" x 5¾", 432pp, white cloth printed overall in dark-brown with an illustration, gold blocked spine lettering, hardback. Illustrated in monochrome with contemporary photographs within the text.

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