Other literary forms
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt (gohn-KOOR) began their writing careers with minutely detailed studies of the eighteenth century on such diverse subjects as the French Revolution, art, and women. They wrote several plays, although without achieving any great success on the stage. Their talent for documentation and observation can best be seen in their famous Journal: Mémoires de la vie littéraire (1887-1896, 1956-1959), which preserves an unparalleled view of social and literary life in nineteenth century France. After his brother’s death, Edmond continued the Journal by himself and also published studies on Japanese art.