Bibliography (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Auerbach, Erich. Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. Translated by Willard Trask. New York: Doubleday, 1953. Auerbach considers the Goncourts, whom he classifies as second-tier writers, in the context of the naturalist school. Compares their novels with those of Émile Zola.
Baldick, Robert. The Goncourts. London: Bowes, 1960. Excellent survey that concentrates on biographical background to the novels. Analyzes Charles Demailly as a personal manifesto of the brothers’ celibacy and misogyny.
Billy, Andre. The Goncourt Brothers. Translated by Margaret Shaw. New York: Horizon Press, 1960. The standard biography of the Goncourts. Discusses biographical events that are reflected in the novels and provides examples of contemporary reception.
Grant, Richard B. The Goncourt Brothers. New York: Twayne, 1972. A chronological survey that integrates the authors’ biographies with detailed stylistic and thematic analysis of their novels. Includes a detailed analysis of Charles Demailly and elaborates on the Goncourts’ critique of the world of journalism.
Nelson, Brian, ed. Naturalism in the European Novel: New Critical Perspectives. New York: Berg, 1992. A collection of essays by prominent scholars on the naturalist schools in...
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