Jules de Goncourt

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  • Barbara Giraud (Oxford Brookes University)

This article treats both of the Goncourt brothers and is published twice, once under each brother's name.

Edmond and Jules de Goncourt were not only writers who initiated the Naturalist movement in nineteenth-century France, but also historians, painters and collectors who dedicated their lives to Art. Their Journal de la vie littéraire [Journal of Literary Life] (1851-1896), considered to be their major creation, gives one of the most comprehensive overviews of cultural life in France during the second half of the century.

The Goncourts' aristocratic background came from their great-grand-father, Antoine Huot, Councillor of the King, who on 4 September 1786 bought …

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Giraud, Barbara. "Jules de Goncourt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 December 2006
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1799, accessed 30 November 2015.]