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Victor Hugo: Three Novels (Library of Essential Writers)
     

Victor Hugo: Three Novels (Library of Essential Writers)

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by Victor Hugo
 

Victor Hugo wrote at epic scale on grand themes: the irrepressibility of love, the morality of social and political institutions, the redemptive power of mercy, and the indomitability of the human spirit. The most popular writer in nineteenth-century France, his novels are sweeping romances imbued with colorful historical detail, passionate social

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Victor Hugo wrote at epic scale on grand themes: the irrepressibility of love, the morality of social and political institutions, the redemptive power of mercy, and the indomitability of the human spirit. The most popular writer in nineteenth-century France, his novels are sweeping romances imbued with colorful historical detail, passionate social commentary, moving sentiment, and dramatic character studies.

This omnibus collects three of Hugo’s best-known novels. The Hunchback of Notre Dame tells the story of four men from different walks of life who vie for the hand of the gypsy woman Esmerelda. Les Misérables, Hugo’s masterpiece, is the story of thief Jean Valjean’s spiritual transformation and his pursuit by relentless forces of justice. The Man Who Laughs is Hugo’s somber and serious meditation on class struggle and the sufferings of the underclass.

Victor Hugo: Three Novels is part of Barnes & Noble’s Library of Essential Writers. Each title in the series presents the finest works—complete and unabridged—from one of the greatest writers in literature in magnificent, elegantly designed hardback editions. Every volume also includes an original introduction that provides the reader with enlightening information on the writer’s life and works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760793237
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
10/18/2008
Series:
Library of Essential Writers Series
Edition description:
Complete and Unabridged
Pages:
1560
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 2.80(d)

Meet the Author

Victor Hugo (1802-­1885) was born in Paris and grew up in garrison towns in France and Spain where his father, an officer in Napoleon’s army, was posted. He decided upon a writing career while a teenager and published his first novel, the historical romance Hans of Iceland, in 1825. Its popular reception spurred his literary ambitions and he became a prolific writer of poetry, essays, dramas, and novels, many of them informed by his criticism of the penal system and disdain for the death penalty. With the production of his play Hernani in 1830, and the publication of The Hunchback of Notre Dame the following year, Hugo was recognized as a major literary writer whose fiction served as a vehicle for social and political commentary. He was inducted into the Académie Française in 1841 and made a peer of France in 1845. In 1851, Hugo fled to Belgium for political reasons and remained in exile for the next nineteen years. He published his masterpiece, Les Misérables, in 1862, and The Man Who Laughs in 1869. With the fall of the Second Republic in 1870, Hugo returned to France and a hero’s welcome. He held several positions in the French government and, for the rest of his life, was regarded as France’s most popular writer and leading man of letters.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 26, 1802
Date of Death:
May 22, 1885
Place of Birth:
Besançon, France
Place of Death:
Paris, France
Education:
Pension Cordier, Paris, 1815-18

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Victor Hugo: Three Novels (Library of Essential Writers) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
DavidH77 More than 1 year ago
Understand that any other Hardcover volume of Les Miserables would run you $20 at least, to find a hard cover edition for under $14 and has The Hunchback of Notre Dame along with it is a complete steal. These books are not on the short side, so be prepared for a smaller font. Also, from a reader's point of view, Hugo tends to go into great detail of the history and background of each character and enviroment. This gives a wonderful life to his worlds, but can get on the nerves of today's more impatient readers, but worth working through. I implore anyone to read these stories. They are classics and can change your perspective on a great many things.
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Purplearrow More than 1 year ago
I love this story, but do understand it is not the musical. It so much more!
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