The Goncourts are landmarks in French literature -- fathers of the two chief 19th century schools of literature, naturalism and impressionism. For all that their work is little read and for obvious reasons, the novels are morbid case histories, the journals too prolific. M. Galantiere has done an interesting thing with the journals in the line of selection. He has left some of the more esoteric passages, but maintained chiefly the human interest material. Great fun for anyone intimately acquainted with French literature, swarming with gossipy talk of the great of the fecund period, glimpses of the political and social life, etc. More memoirs than personal diaries. Well translated and excellently annotated, including a bibliographical repertory of people mentioned. Some famous passages of literary criticism. Market limited to students and those who know their French literature.