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Daumier and Literature: a Select Annotated Bibliography

Anthony T. Vaver
Humanities Librarian
Brandeis University Libraries, 2002

Baudelaire, Charles. "The Painter of Modern Life" and Other Essays. Edited and translated by Jonathan Mayne. London: Phaidon Press, 1964.

This collection brings together Baudelaire’s art criticism, which includes extensive commentary on Daumier and his work

Benjamin, Walter. Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism. Trans., Harry Zohn. London: NLB, 1973.

This book collects together Benjamin’s writings on Baudelaire and provides insight on the relationship between culture and society in mid-nineteenth-century France.

Byerly, Alison. "Effortless Art: The Sketch in Nineteenth-Century Painting and Literature." Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 41, no. 3 (Summer 1999): 349-364.

Byerly explores the relationship between visual sketches and the literary sketches of Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray. She finds that the two authors appropriated the critical attitude of the sketch artist (cf. Daumier) in order to convey an impression of being casual observers of society, all the while disguising the economic necessity of producing quick literary pieces.

Coates, Carrol F. "Daumier and Flaubert: Examples of Graphic and Literary Caricature." Nineteenth-Century French Studies 4, no.3 (Spring 1976): 303-11.

Coates finds a series of allusions to specific lithographs by Daumier in Gustav Flaubert’s L’Education sentimentale: "Rue Transnonain, le 15 avril 1834" LD135); "Gamin de Paris aux Tuileries" (LD1743); LD161; LD237; and LD20.

Moriarty, Michael. "Structures of Cultural Production in Nineteenth-Century France." Artistic Relations: Literature and the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-Century France. Edited by Peter Collier and Robert Lethbridge. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994, pp. 15-29.

Moriarty provides a helpful overview of the social forces shaping artistic and literary production during Daumier’s time.

Tytler, Graeme. Physiognomy in the European Novel: Faces and Fortunes. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1982.

Tytler discusses the nineteenth-century European novel as an expression of physiognomy, focusing much of his attention on the influence of the artistic work of Johann Lavater on novelists.

Wechsler, Judith. A Human Comedy: Physiognomy and Caricature in 19th Century Paris. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982.

Wechsler’s study of physiognomy and caricature in both art and literature is one of the best on this topic. She offers great insight into the relationship between the works of Daumier and Balzac.

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