Selected Poems

Selected Poems

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Selected Poems by Victor Hugo

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. Victor Hugo's novels Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame are his most familiar works, but he invested his most sustained creative energy in his poems.

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. Here are all the wonderful, inevitable anthology pieces such as 'Tomorrow, at dawn.' and 'Boaz Asleep' as well as lesser-known work. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440628511
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/26/2002
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 156 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Victor Hugo (1802-85) was a forceful and prolific writer. He became a committed social democrat and during the Second Empire of Napoleon III was exiled from France, living in the Channel Islands. His body is now buried in the Pantheon. 

Brooks Haxton's poetry translations include Dances for Flute and Thunder: Poems from the Ancient Greek, which was nominated for a PEN translation award, and Victor Hugo's Selected Poems for Penguin Classics.


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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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