"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 master's works -- 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 ever applicable to our times.
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Date of Birth:
February 26, 1802
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Date of Death:
May 22, 1885
|Place of Death:
Pension Cordier, Paris, 1815-18
|Hugo's drama-fraught love life is almost as well known as his literary one. He married Adèle Foucher in 1822 -- driving his brother, who secretly loved her, to suffer a nervous breakdown on the wedding day. After the fifth of their children was born, Foucher promptly ended sexual relations with her husband, and soon Hugo took up with actress Juliette Drouet. But when she began to age prematurely, Hugo lost interest in her and began seeing a series of mistresses -- one of whom thoughtfully sent Drouet a bundle of love letters Hugo had written her. |
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|Les Miserables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)|
Victor Hugo, Charles E. Wilbour (Translator), Charles Wilber (Translator), Charles E. Wilbur (Translator), Abridged by Lawrence M. Porter, Laurence M. Porter (Introduction)
Considered by many to be the great epic drama of the mid-19th century, Les Misérables is Hugo's sweeping vision of kindness, love, dignity, and poverty set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, featuring the unforgettable moral dilemmas of hero Jean Valjean.
|Victor Hugo: A Biography|
The New York Times Book Review called this look at Hugo's life "a readable, fully documented, mercifully short (considering) biography of France's huge romantic poet, novelist and personal mythmaker."