THE GREATEST WORKS OF VICTOR HUGO: FOUR BESTSELLING NOVELS (Worldwide Bestseller Over 20 Million Copies Sold) by VICTOR HUGO [Nook] Including LES MISERABLES, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE LAST DAYS OF A CONDEMNED MAN, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS [Victor Hugo]

THE GREATEST WORKS OF VICTOR HUGO: FOUR BESTSELLING NOVELS (Worldwide Bestseller Over 20 Million Copies Sold) by VICTOR HUGO [Nook] Including LES MISERABLES, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE LAST DAYS OF A CONDEMNED MAN, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS [Victor Hugo]

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BN ID: 2940012992437
Publisher: Victor Hugo Classics of World Literature Press
Publication date: 12/19/2012
Series: VICTOR HUGO COMPLETE WORKS Nook NOOKbook Victor Hugo World Literature Classics VICTOR HUGO , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 324,836
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Victor-Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France.

Victor Hugo's first mature work of fiction appeared in 1829, and reflected the acute social conscience that would infuse his later work. Le Dernier jour d'un condamné (The Last Day of a Condemned Man) would have a profound influence on later writers such as Albert Camus, Charles Dickens, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Claude Gueux, a documentary short story about a real-life murderer who had been executed in France, appeared in 1834, and was later considered by Hugo himself to be a precursor to his great work on social injustice, Les Misérables. But Hugo's first full-length novel[citation needed] would be the enormously successful Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame), which was published in 1831 and quickly translated into other languages across Europe. One of the effects of the novel was to shame the City of Paris into restoring the much-neglected Cathedral of Notre Dame, which was attracting thousands of tourists who had read the popular novel. The book also inspired a renewed appreciation for pre-renaissance buildings, which thereafter began to be actively preserved.
Hugo began planning a major novel about social misery and injustice as early as the 1830s, but it would take a full 17 years for Les Misérables, to be realized and finally published in 1862. Hugo was acutely aware of the quality of the novel and publication of the work went to the highest bidder. The Belgian publishing house Lacroix and Verboeckhoven undertook a marketing campaign unusual for the time, issuing press releases about the work a full six months before the launch. It also initially published only the first part of the novel ("Fantine"), which was launched simultaneously in major cities. Installments of the book sold out within hours, and had enormous impact on French society.

Les Misérables proved popular enough with the masses that the issues it highlighted were soon on the agenda of the French National Assembly. Today the novel remains his most enduringly popular work. It is popular worldwide, has been adapted for cinema, television and stage shows.

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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