Orson Welles adapted, produced, directed, narrated, and acted in this 1937 radio dramatization of Victor Hugo's book, recounting the saga of escaped convict Jean Valjean. Valjean, trying to forget his past and live an honest life, risks his freedom to take care of a motherless young girl during a period of political unrest in Paris.
About the Author
"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.
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