Edmond and Jules

Edmond and Jules de Goncourt

Edmond Louise Antoine de Goncourt (1822-1896) and Jules Alfred Huot de Goncourt (1830-1870) were brothers and French naturalist writers. They wrote everything together and only separated after Jules's death. They wrote about personal experiences and offer one of the best perspectives of French literary society during their time.

Significance to StevensEdit

Stevens mentions "the De Goncourts" in passing in his prose piece The Necessay Angel. While describing the relationship between modern art and modern poetry, he says, "... everything modern, or possibly merely new, is, in the nature of things, uncompromising. It is especially uncompromising in its repsect to precinct. One of the De Goncourts [probably Edmond] said that nothing in the world hears as many silly things said as a picture in a museum; and in thinking about that remark one has to bear in mind that in the days of the De Goncourts there was no such thing as a museum of modern art. ... We have this same inability (not mere unwillingness) to compromise, this same plausibility and bigotry in modern poetry" (167).

Sources and Further ReadingEdit

Goncourt brothers' Wikipedia page

The Necessary Angel