"If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away," the larger-than-life Victor Hugo once confessed. Indeed, this 19th-century French author's books — from the epic drama Les Misérables to the classic unrequited love story The Hunchback of Notre Dame — have spanned the ages, their themes of morality and redemption as applicable to our times as to his.
Selected Poetryby Victor Hugo, Steven Monte (Translator)
Steven Monte presents more than eighty poems in translation and in the original French, taken from the earliest poetic publications of the 1820's, through
This generous, varied selection of poems by one of France's best-loved and most reviled poets is presented with facing originals, detailed notes, and a lively introduction to the author's life and work.
Steven Monte presents more than eighty poems in translation and in the original French, taken from the earliest poetic publications of the 1820's, through collections published during exile, to works published in the years following Hugo's death in 1883. The introduction provides helpful background information about Hugo's life and work, the selection, and what is involved in translating a poet whose effortless rhymes are central to the poetry's power. Detailed notes at the back of the volume offer information about the poems and their publishing and historical contexts. This is an ideal introduction to a poet whose work, for all its renown, remains for Anglophone readers undiscovered.
Meet the Author
- Date of Birth:
- February 26, 1802
- Date of Death:
- May 22, 1885
- Place of Birth:
- Besançon, France
- Place of Death:
- Paris, France
- Pension Cordier, Paris, 1815-18
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