free ebooks

A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2

Chapter xiiinaturalism the goncourts


THE

FRENCH NOVEL IN 1850 343

The peculiarity of the moment--A political nadir--And almost a literary zenith--The performance of the time in novel--The _personnel_--The kinds: the historical novel--Appearance of new classes: the historical--Other kinds and classes--The Novel of Romanticism generally--The "ordinary"--Discussion on a point of general novel criticism.

CHAPTER X

DUMAS THE YOUNGER 365

Division of future subjects--A confession--His general character--_La Dame aux Camelias_--_Tristan le Roux_--_Antonine_--_La Vie a Vingt Ans_--_Aventures de Quatre Femmes_--_Trois Hommes Forts_--_Diane de Lys_--Shorter stories: _Une Loge a Camille_--_Le Docteur Servans_--_Le Roman d'une Femme_--The habit of quickening up at the end--_Contes et Nouvelles_--_Ilka_--_Revenants_--_Sophie Printemps_--_Affaire Clemenceau_--Story of it--Criticism of it and of its author's work generally--Note on Dumas _fils'_ drama, etc.--Reflections.

CHAPTER XI

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT 397

The contrast of Flaubert and Dumas _fils_--Some former dealings with him--His style--The books: _Madame Bovary_--_Salammbo_--_L'Education Sentimentale_--_La

Tentation de Saint-Antoine_--_Trois Contes_--_Bouvard et Pecuchet_--General considerations.

CHAPTER XII

THE OTHER "NON-NATURALS" OF THE SECOND EMPIRE 414

Feuillet--His novels generally--Brief notes on some: _Le Roman d'un jeune homme pauvre_--_M. de Camors_--Other books--_La Petite Comtesse_--_Julia de Trecoeur_--_Honneur d'Artiste_--_La Morte_--Misters the assassins--Alphonse Daudet and his curious position--His "personality"--His books from this point of view and others--His "plagiarisms"--His merits--About: _Le Roi des Montagnes_--_Tolla_--_Germaine_--_Madelon_--_Maitre Pierre_, etc.--Summing up--Ponson du Terrail and Gaboriau--The first: his general character--The second--_L'Affaire Lerouge_--Feydeau: _Sylvie_--_Fanny_--Others: _Daniel_--Droz--_Mr., Mme. et Bebe_ and _Entre Nous_--Cherbuliez--His general characteristics--Short survey of his books--Three eccentrics--Leon Cladel: _Les Va-nu-pieds_, etc.--Barbey d'Aurevilly: his criticism of novels--His novels themselves: _Les Diaboliques_ and others--His merits--And defects--Especially as shown in _L'Ensorcelee_--Champfleury--_Les Excentriques_.

CHAPTER XIII

NATURALISM--THE GONCOURTS, ZOLA, AND MAUPASSANT 459

The beginnings--"Les deux Goncourts"--Their work--The novels--_Germinie Lacerteux_ and _Cherie_ taken as specimens--The impression produced by them--The rottenness of their theory--And the unattractiveness of their style--Emile Zola to be treated differently--Some points in his personality: literary and other--The Pillars of Naturalism--"Document" and "detail" before Naturalism--General stages traced--Some individual pioneers; especially Hugo--Survey of books: the short stories--"Les Rougon-Macquart"--"Les Trois Villes"--"Les Quatre Evangiles"--General considerations--Especially in regard to character--[Maupassant]--_Bel-Ami_--_Une Vie_--_Fort comme la Mort_--_Pierre et Jean_--_Notre Coeur_--_Les Dimanches_, etc.--_Yvette_--Short stories: the various collections--Classes: stories of 1870-71--Norman stories--Algerian and Sporting--Purely comic--Tragic--Tales of Life's Irony--Oddments--General considerations--Huysmans--Belot and others.


eBook Search
Social Sharing
Share Button
About us

freefictionbooks.org is a collection of free ebooks that can be read online. Ebooks are split into pages for easier reading and better bookmarking.

We have more than 35,000 free books in our collection and are adding new books daily.

We invite you to link to us, so as many people as possible can enjoy this wonderful free website.

© 2010-2013 freefictionbooks.org - All Rights Reserved.

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Contact Us