Marx-Engels Correspondence 1887

Engels to Laura Lafargue


Source: Marx Engels On Literature and Art, Progress Publishers, 1976;
Transcribed: by Andy Blunden;
Written in English;

February 2, 1887

I had finished Bel Ami on Monday night... and was ruminating over the picture of Parisian journalism exhibited in it, thinking it must be exaggerated, when lo — on Tuesday morning your letter and Paul’s unroll to me a scene — from life — of Bel Ami, and so I must take off my hat to Guy de Maupassant. Well, this will do. Faut-il donc être canaille pour avoir un journal quotidien à Paris! [Must one really be a villain to publish a daily newspaper in Paris!]