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Victor Marie Hugo (French: [viktɔʁ maʁi yɡo] ( listen); 26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside of France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
(French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. In France, Hugo is known primarily for his poetry collections, such as Les Contemplations
Les Contemplations
(The Contemplations) and La Légende des siècles (The Legend of the Ages). Hugo was at the forefront of the romantic literary movement with his play Cromwell and drama Hernani. Many of his works have inspired music, both during his lifetime and after his death, including the musicals Notre-Dame de Paris
Paris
and Les Misérables. He produced more than 4,000 drawings in his lifetime, and campaigned for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment. Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views changed as the decades passed, and he became a passionate supporter of republicanism; his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and the artistic trends of his time. He is buried in the Panthéon
Panthéon
in Paris. His legacy has been honoured in many ways, including his portrait being placed on French currency.

Contents

1 Personal life 2 Writings 3 Political life and exile 4 Religious views 5 Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
and music 6 Declining years and death 7 Drawings 8 Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
and women

8.1 His wife 8.2 His official mistresses

8.2.1 Juliette Drouet 8.2.2 Léonie d’Aunet

8.3 His numerous casual affairs

9 Gallery 10 Memorials 11 Religious veneration 12 Works

12.1 Published during Hugo's lifetime 12.2 Published posthumously

13 References 14 Further reading 15 External links

15.1 Online works

Personal life[edit]

Joseph Hugo with two of his brothers and his son Abel

Hugo's maternal grandmother, Renée-Louise Trébuchet

Hugo's maternal grandfather, Jean-François Trébuchet

Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
was the third son of Joseph Léopold Sigisbert Hugo (1774–1828) and Sophie Trébuchet (1772–1821); his brothers were Abel Joseph Hugo (1798–1855) and Eugène Hugo (1800–1837). He was born in 1802 in Besançon
Besançon
in the eastern region of Franche-Comté. On 19 November 1821, Léopold Hugo wrote to his son that he had been conceived on one of the highest peaks in the Vosges Mountains, on a journey from Lunéville to Besançon. " This elevated origin, he went on, seems to have had effects on you so that your muse is now continually sublime.[1]" Léopold Hugo was a freethinking republican who considered Napoleon
Napoleon
a hero; by contrast, Sophie Hugo was a Catholic Royalist
Royalist
who was intimately involved with her possible lover General Victor Lahorie,[2] who was executed in 1812 for plotting against Napoleon. Hugo's childhood was a period of national political turmoil. Napoleon was proclaimed Emperor of the French
Emperor of the French
two years after Hugo's birth, and the Bourbon Monarchy was restored before his 13th birthday. The opposing political and religious views of Hugo's parents reflected the forces that would battle for supremacy in France throughout his life: Hugo's father was a high-ranking officer in Napoleon's army until he failed in Spain (one of the reasons why his name is not present on the Arc de Triomphe). Since Hugo's father was an officer, the family moved frequently and Hugo learned much from these travels. On a childhood family trip to Naples, Hugo saw the vast Alpine passes and the snowy peaks, the magnificently blue Mediterranean, and Rome
Rome
during its festivities.[3] Though he was only five years old at the time, he remembered the six-month-long trip vividly. They stayed in Naples
Naples
for a few months and then headed back to Paris. At the beginning of her marriage, Hugo's mother Sophie followed her husband to posts in Italy (where Léopold served as a governor of a province near Naples) and Spain (where he took charge of three Spanish provinces). Weary of the constant moving required by military life, and at odds with her husband's lack of Catholic beliefs, Sophie separated temporarily from Léopold in 1803 and settled in Paris
Paris
with her children. Thereafter she dominated Hugo's education and upbringing. As a result, Hugo's early work in poetry and fiction reflect her passionate devotion to both King and Faith. It was only later, during the events leading up to France's 1848 Revolution, that he would begin to rebel against his Catholic Royalist
Royalist
education and instead champion Republicanism
Republicanism
and Freethought. Young Victor fell in love with and became secretly engaged to his childhood friend Adèle Foucher (1803–1868), against his mother's wishes. Because of his close relationship with his mother, Hugo waited until after her death (in 1821) to marry Adèle in 1822. Adèle and Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
had their first child, Léopold, in 1823, but the boy died in infancy. On 28 August 1824, the couple's second child, Léopoldine was born, followed by Charles on 4 November 1826, François-Victor on 28 October 1828, and Adèle (Musician) on 24 August 1830.

Illustration by Luc-Olivier Merson
Luc-Olivier Merson
for Notre-Dame de Paris
Paris
(1881), showing the recently restored galerie des chimères

Hugo's eldest and favourite daughter, Léopoldine, died aged 19 in 1843, shortly after her marriage to Charles Vacquerie. On 4 September, she drowned in the Seine
Seine
at Villequier, pulled down by her heavy skirts when a boat overturned. Her young husband also died trying to save her. The death left her father devastated; Hugo was travelling with his mistress at the time in the south of France, and first learned about Léopoldine's death from a newspaper he read in a café.[4] He describes his shock and grief in his famous poem À Villequier:

Hélas ! vers le passé tournant un œil d'envie, Sans que rien ici-bas puisse m'en consoler, Je regarde toujours ce moment de ma vie Où je l'ai vue ouvrir son aile et s'envoler!

Je verrai cet instant jusqu'à ce que je meure, L'instant, pleurs superflus ! Où je criai : L'enfant que j'avais tout à l'heure, Quoi donc ! je ne l'ai plus !

Alas! turning an envious eye towards the past, inconsolable by anything on earth, I keep looking at that moment of my life when I saw her open her wings and fly away!

I will see that instant until I die, that instant—too much for tears! when I cried out: "The child that I had just now— what! I don't have her any more!"

He wrote many poems afterwards about his daughter's life and death, and at least one biographer claims he never completely recovered from it. His most famous poem is probably Demain, dès l'aube (Tomorrow, At Dawn), in which he describes visiting her grave. Hugo decided to live in exile after Napoleon
Napoleon
III's coup d'état at the end of 1851. After leaving France, Hugo lived in Brussels
Brussels
briefly in 1851, before moving to the Channel Islands, first to Jersey (1852–1855) and then to the smaller island of Guernsey
Guernsey
in 1855, where he stayed until Napoleon
Napoleon
III's fall from power in 1870. Although Napoleon
Napoleon
III proclaimed a general amnesty in 1859, under which Hugo could have safely returned to France, the author stayed in exile, only returning when Napoleon
Napoleon
III was forced from power as a result of the French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War
Franco-Prussian War
in 1870. After the Siege of Paris
Paris
from 1870 to 1871, Hugo lived again in Guernsey
Guernsey
from 1872 to 1873, before finally returning to France for the remainder of his life. Writings[edit]

Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
in 1853

Hugo published his first novel the year following his marriage (Han d'Islande, 1823), and his second three years later (Bug-Jargal, 1826). Between 1829 and 1840, he published five more volumes of poetry (Les Orientales, 1829; Les Feuilles d'automne, 1831; Les Chants du crépuscule, 1835; Les Voix intérieures, 1837; and Les Rayons et les Ombres, 1840), cementing his reputation as one of the greatest elegiac and lyric poets of his time. Like many young writers of his generation, Hugo was profoundly influenced by François-René de Chateaubriand, the famous figure in the literary movement of Romanticism
Romanticism
and France's pre-eminent literary figure during the early 19th century. In his youth, Hugo resolved to be "Chateaubriand or nothing", and his life would come to parallel that of his predecessor in many ways. Like Chateaubriand, Hugo furthered the cause of Romanticism, became involved in politics (though mostly as a champion of Republicanism), and was forced into exile due to his political stances. The precocious passion and eloquence of Hugo's early work brought success and fame at an early age. His first collection of poetry (Odes et poésies diverses) was published in 1822 when he was only 20 years old and earned him a royal pension from Louis XVIII. Though the poems were admired for their spontaneous fervour and fluency, the collection that followed four years later in 1826 (Odes et Ballades) revealed Hugo to be a great poet, a natural master of lyric and creative song. Victor Hugo's first mature work of fiction was first published in February 1829 by Charles Gosselin without the author's name 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 Dostoyevsky. Claude Gueux, a documentary short story about a real-life murderer who had been executed in France. On 15 March 1832, Hugo completed this story with a long preface and his signature which was later considered by Hugo himself to be a precursor to his great work on social injustice, Les Misérables. Hugo became the figurehead of the Romantic literary movement with the plays Cromwell (1827) and Hernani (1830).[5] Hugo's novel Notre-Dame de Paris
Paris
(The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) 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.

Portrait of "Cosette" by Émile Bayard, from the original edition of Les Misérables
Les Misérables
(1862)

Hugo began planning a major novel about social misery and injustice as early as the 1830s, but a full 17 years were needed for Les Misérables to be realised and finally published in 1862. Hugo had used the departure of prisoners for the Bagne of Toulon
Bagne of Toulon
in one of his early stories, "Le Dernier Jour d'un condamné" He went to Toulon to visit the Bagne in 1839 and took extensive notes, though he did not start writing the book until 1845. On one of the pages of his notes about the prison, he wrote in large block letters a possible name for his hero: " JEAN TRÉJEAN". When the book was finally written, Tréjean became Jean Valjean.[6] Hugo was acutely aware of the quality of the novel, as evidenced in a letter he wrote to his publisher, Albert Lacroix, on 23 March 1862, "My conviction is that this book is going to be one of the peaks, if not the crowning point of my work."[7] So publication of the Miserables 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. The critical establishment was generally hostile to the novel; Taine found it insincere, Barbey d'Aurevilly complained of its vulgarity, Gustave Flaubert
Gustave Flaubert
found within it "neither truth nor greatness", the Goncourt brothers
Goncourt brothers
lambasted its artificiality, and Baudelaire – despite giving favourable reviews in newspapers – castigated it in private as "repulsive and inept". Les Misérables
Les Misérables
proved popular enough with the masses that the issues it highlighted were soon on the agenda of the National Assembly of France. Today, the novel remains his most enduringly popular work. It is popular worldwide and has been adapted for cinema, television, and stage shows. An apocryphal tale[8] about the shortest correspondence in history is said to have been between Hugo and his publisher Hurst and Blackett in 1862. Hugo was on vacation when Les Misérables
Les Misérables
was published. He queried the reaction to the work by sending a single-character telegram to his publisher, asking ?. The publisher replied with a single ! to indicate its success.[9] Hugo turned away from social/political issues in his next novel, Les Travailleurs de la Mer (Toilers of the Sea), published in 1866. The book was well received, perhaps due to the previous success of Les Misérables. Dedicated to the channel island of Guernsey, where he spent 15 years of exile, Hugo tells of a man who attempts to win the approval of his beloved's father by rescuing his ship, intentionally marooned by its captain who hopes to escape with a treasure of money it is transporting, through an exhausting battle of human engineering against the force of the sea and a battle against an almost mythical beast of the sea, a giant squid. Superficially an adventure, one of Hugo's biographers calls it a "metaphor for the 19th century–technical progress, creative genius and hard work overcoming the immanent evil of the material world."[10] The word used in Guernsey
Guernsey
to refer to squid (pieuvre, also sometimes applied to octopus) was to enter the French language as a result of its use in the book. Hugo returned to political and social issues in his next novel, L'Homme Qui Rit (The Man Who Laughs), which was published in 1869 and painted a critical picture of the aristocracy. The novel was not as successful as his previous efforts, and Hugo himself began to comment on the growing distance between himself and literary contemporaries such as Flaubert and Émile Zola, whose realist and naturalist novels were now exceeding the popularity of his own work. His last novel, Quatre-vingt-treize (Ninety-Three), published in 1874, dealt with a subject that Hugo had previously avoided: the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. Though Hugo's popularity was on the decline at the time of its publication, many now consider Ninety-Three
Ninety-Three
to be a work on par with Hugo's better-known novels. Political life and exile[edit]

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Among the Rocks on Jersey
Jersey
(1853–55)

After three unsuccessful attempts, Hugo was finally elected to the Académie française
Académie française
in 1841, solidifying his position in the world of French arts and letters. A group of French academicians, particularly Étienne de Jouy, were fighting against the "romantic evolution" and had managed to delay Victor Hugo's election.[11] Thereafter, he became increasingly involved in French politics. He was elevated to the peerage by King Louis-Philippe
Louis-Philippe
in 1845 and entered the Higher Chamber as a pair de France, where he spoke against the death penalty and social injustice, and in favour of freedom of the press and self-government for Poland. In 1848, Hugo was elected to the National Assembly of the Second Republic as a conservative. In 1849, he broke with the conservatives when he gave a noted speech calling for the end of misery and poverty. Other speeches called for universal suffrage and free education for all children. Hugo's advocacy to abolish the death penalty was renowned internationally. These parliamentary speeches are published in Œuvres complètes: actes et paroles I : avant l'exil, 1841–1851. Scroll down to the Assemblée Constituante 1848 heading and subsequent pages.[12] When Louis Napoleon
Napoleon
( Napoleon
Napoleon
III) seized complete power in 1851, establishing an anti-parliamentary constitution, Hugo openly declared him a traitor to France. He relocated to Brussels, then Jersey, from which he was expelled for supporting a Jersey
Jersey
newspaper that had criticised Queen Victoria and finally settled with his family at Hauteville House
Hauteville House
in Saint
Saint
Peter Port, Guernsey, where he would live in exile from October 1855 until 1870. While in exile, Hugo published his famous political pamphlets against Napoleon
Napoleon
III, Napoléon le Petit and Histoire d'un crime. The pamphlets were banned in France but nonetheless had a strong impact there. He also composed or published some of his best work during his period in Guernsey, including Les Misérables, and three widely praised collections of poetry (Les Châtiments, 1853; Les Contemplations, 1856; and La Légende des siècles, 1859). Like most of his contemporaries, Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
held colonialist views towards Africans. In a speech delivered on 18 May 1879, he declared that the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
formed a natural divide between " ultimate civilisation and […] utter barbarism," adding "God offers Africa to Europe. Take it," in order to civilise its indigenous inhabitants. This might partly explain why in spite of his deep interest and involvement in political matters he remained strangely silent on the Algerian issue. He knew about the atrocities committed by the French Army during the French conquest of Algeria
French conquest of Algeria
as evidenced by his diary[13] but he never denounced them publicly. A modern reader may also feel puzzled, to say the least, at the meaning of these lines from the conclusion to Le Rhin, chapter 17,[14] published in 1842, twelve years after French troops landed near Algiers.

What France lacks in Algiers is a little barbarity. The Turks [...] knew how to cut heads better than we do. The first thing that strikes savages is not reason but strength. What France lacks, England has it; Russia too. — Victor Hugo, Le Rhin

However, in Les Misérables, Hugo says the following about the conquering of Algeria[15]:

Algeria too harshly conquered, and, as in the case of India by the English, with more barbarism than civilization. — Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

It should also be noted that before being exiled he never denounced slavery, and no trace of its abolition is to be found in the 27 April 1848 entry of his detailed diary. On the other hand, Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
fought a lifelong battle for the abolition of the death penalty as a novelist, diarist, and member of Parliament. The Last Day of a Condemned Man
The Last Day of a Condemned Man
published in 1829 analyses the pangs of a man awaiting execution; several entries of Things Seen (Choses vues), the diary he kept between 1830 and 1885, convey his firm condemnation of what he regarded as a barbaric sentence;[16] on 15 September 1848, seven months after the Revolution of 1848, he delivered a speech before the Assembly and concluded, "You have overthrown the throne. […] Now overthrow the scaffold."[17] His influence was credited in the removal of the death penalty from the constitutions of Geneva, Portugal, and Colombia.[18] He had also pleaded for Benito Juárez
Benito Juárez
to spare the recently captured emperor Maximilian I of Mexico
Maximilian I of Mexico
but to no avail. His complete archives (published by Pauvert) show also that he wrote a letter asking the United States government, for the sake of their own reputation in the future, to spare John Brown's life, but the letter arrived after Brown was executed. Although Napoleon
Napoleon
III granted an amnesty to all political exiles in 1859, Hugo declined, as it meant he would have to curtail his criticisms of the government. It was only after Napoleon
Napoleon
III fell from power and the Third Republic was proclaimed that Hugo finally returned to his homeland in 1870, where he was promptly elected to the National Assembly and the Senate.

Communards defending a barricade on the Rue de Rivoli

He was in Paris
Paris
during the siege by the Prussian Army in 1870, famously eating animals given to him by the Paris
Paris
Zoo. As the siege continued, and food became ever more scarce, he wrote in his diary that he was reduced to "eating the unknown".[19] During the Paris
Paris
Commune – the revolutionary government that took power on 18 March 1871 and was toppled on 28 May – Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
was harshly critical of the atrocities committed on both sides. On 9 April, he wrote in his diary, "In short, this Commune is as idiotic as the National Assembly is ferocious. From both sides, folly."[20] Yet he made a point of offering his support to members of the Commune subjected to brutal repression. He had been in Brussels
Brussels
since 22 March 1871 when in the 27 May issue of the Belgian newspaper l’Indépendance Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
denounced the government’s refusal to grant political asylum to the Communards threatened with imprisonment, banishment or execution.[21] This caused so much uproar that in the evening a mob of fifty to sixty men attempted to force their way into the writer’s house shouting " Death to Victor Hugo! Hang him! Death to the scoundrel!"[22] Victor Hugo, who said, "A war between Europeans is a civil war[23]" was an enthusiastic advocate for the creation of the United States of Europe. He expounded his views on the subject in a speech he delivered during the International Peace Congress which took place in Paris
Paris
in 1849. The Congress, of which Hugo was the President, proved to be an international success, attracting such famous philosophers as Frederic Bastiat, Charles Gilpin, Richard Cobden, and Henry Richard. The conference helped establish Hugo as a prominent public speaker and sparked his international fame, and promoted the idea of the "United States of Europe"[24]. On July 14, 1870 he planted the "oak of the United States of Europe" in the garden of Hauteville House
Hauteville House
where he stayed during his exile on Guernsey
Guernsey
from 1856 to 1870. Because of his concern for the rights of artists and copyright, he was a founding member of the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale, which led to the Berne Convention
Berne Convention
for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. However, in Pauvert's published archives, he states strongly that "any work of art has two authors: the people who confusingly feel something, a creator who translates these feelings, and the people again who consecrate his vision of that feeling. When one of the authors dies, the rights should totally be granted back to the other, the people". Religious views[edit]

Marble
Marble
bust of Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
by Auguste Rodin

Hugo's religious views changed radically over the course of his life. In his youth and under the influence of his mother, he identified as a Catholic and professed respect for Church hierarchy and authority. From there he became a non-practicing Catholic and increasingly expressed anti-Catholic and anti-clerical views. He frequented spiritism during his exile (where he participated also in many séances conducted by Madame Delphine de Girardin)[25][26] and in later years settled into a rationalist deism similar to that espoused by Voltaire. A census-taker asked Hugo in 1872 if he was a Catholic, and he replied, "No. A Freethinker".[27] After 1872, Hugo never lost his antipathy towards the Catholic Church. He felt the Church was indifferent to the plight of the working class under the oppression of the monarchy. Perhaps he also was upset by the frequency with which his work appeared on the Church's list of banned books. Hugo counted 740 attacks on Les Misérables
Les Misérables
in the Catholic press.[28] When Hugo's sons Charles and François-Victor died, he insisted that they be buried without a crucifix or priest. In his will, he made the same stipulation about his own death and funeral.[29] Yet he believed in life after death and prayed every single morning and night, convinced as he wrote in The Man Who Laughs
The Man Who Laughs
that "Thanksgiving has wings and flies to its right destination. Your prayer knows its way better than you do".[30] Hugo's rationalism can be found in poems such as Torquemada (1869, about religious fanaticism), The Pope (1878, anti-clerical), Religions and Religion (1880, denying the usefulness of churches) and, published posthumously, The End of Satan and God (1886 and 1891 respectively, in which he represents Christianity as a griffin and rationalism as an angel). Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh
ascribed the saying "Religions pass away, but God remains", actually by Jules Michelet, to Hugo.[31] Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
and music[edit]

Photogravure
Photogravure
of Victor Hugo, 1883

Although Hugo's many talents did not include exceptional musical ability, he nevertheless had a great impact on the music world through the inspiration that his works provided for composers of the 19th and 20th century. Hugo himself particularly enjoyed the music of Gluck and Weber. In Les Misérables, he calls the huntsman's chorus in Weber's Euryanthe, "perhaps the most beautiful piece of music ever composed".[32] He also greatly admired Beethoven, and rather unusually for his time, he also appreciated works by composers from earlier centuries such as Palestrina and Monteverdi.[33] Two famous musicians of the 19th century were friends of Hugo: Hector Berlioz and Franz Liszt. The latter played Beethoven in Hugo's home, and Hugo joked in a letter to a friend that, thanks to Liszt's piano lessons, he learned how to play a favourite song on the piano – with only one finger. Hugo also worked with composer Louise Bertin, writing the libretto for her 1836 opera La Esmeralda, which was based on the character in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.[33] Although for various reasons the opera closed soon after its fifth performance and is little known today, it has enjoyed a modern revival, both in a piano/song concert version by Liszt at the Festival international Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
et Égaux 2007[34] and in a full orchestral version presented in July 2008 at Le Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon.[35] On the other hand, he had low esteem for Richard Wagner, whom he described as "a man of talent coupled with imbecility.[36]" Well over one thousand musical compositions have been inspired by Hugo's works from the 19th century until the present day. In particular, Hugo's plays, in which he rejected the rules of classical theatre in favour of romantic drama, attracted the interest of many composers who adapted them into operas. More than one hundred operas are based on Hugo's works and among them are Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia (1833), Verdi's Rigoletto
Rigoletto
(1851) and Ernani
Ernani
(1844), and Ponchielli's La Gioconda (1876).[37] Hugo's novels, as well as his plays, have been a great source of inspiration for musicians, stirring them to create not only opera and ballet but musical theatre such as Notre-Dame de Paris
Paris
and the ever-popular Les Misérables, London West End's longest running musical. Additionally, Hugo's beautiful poems have attracted an exceptional amount of interest from musicians, and numerous melodies have been based on his poetry by composers such as Berlioz, Bizet, Fauré, Franck, Lalo, Liszt, Massenet, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninoff, and Wagner.[37] Today, Hugo's work continues to stimulate musicians to create new compositions. For example, Hugo's novel against capital punishment, The Last Day of a Condemned Man, was adapted into an opera by David Alagna, with a libretto by Frédérico Alagna and premièred by their brother, tenor Roberto Alagna, in 2007.[38] In Guernsey, every two years, the Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
International Music Festival attracts a wide range of musicians and the premiere of songs specially commissioned from such composers as Guillaume Connesson, Richard Dubugnon, Olivier Kaspar, and Thierry Escaich
Thierry Escaich
and based on Hugo's poetry. Remarkably, not only Hugo's literary production has been the source of inspiration for musical works, but also his political writings have received attention from musicians and have been adapted to music. For instance, in 2009, Italian composer Matteo Sommacal was commissioned by Festival "Bagliori d'autore" and wrote a piece for speaker and chamber ensemble entitled Actes et paroles, with a text elaborated by Chiara Piola Caselli after Victor Hugo's last political speech addressed to the Assemblée législative, "Sur la Revision de la Constitution" (18 July 1851),[39] and premiered in Rome
Rome
on 19 November 2009, in the auditorium of the Institut français, Centre Saint-Louis, French Embassy to the Holy See, by Piccola Accademia degli Specchi featuring the composer Matthias Kadar.[40] Declining years and death[edit]

Juliette Droucet

Hugo on his deathbed, 1885

Catafalque below the Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe
in Paris, 1 June 1885

Tomb of Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
at the Panthéon

When Hugo returned to Paris
Paris
in 1870, the country hailed him as a national hero. He was confident that he would be offered the dictatorship, as shown by the notes he kept at the time. «  Dictatorship
Dictatorship
is a crime. This is a crime I am going to commit » but he felt he had to assume that responsibility.[41] Despite his popularity, Hugo lost his bid for re-election to the National Assembly in 1872. Throughout his life Hugo kept believing in unstoppable humanistic progress. In his last public address on 3 August 1879 he prophesied in an over-optimistic way, "In the twentieth century war will be dead, the scaffold will be dead, hatred will be dead, frontier boundaries will be dead, dogmas will be dead; man will live.[42]" Within a brief period, he suffered a mild stroke, his daughter Adèle was interned in an insane asylum, and his two sons died. (Adèle's biography inspired the movie The Story of Adele H.) His wife Adèle had died in 1868. His faithful mistress, Juliette Drouet, died in 1883, only two years before his own death. Despite his personal loss, Hugo remained committed to the cause of political change. On 30 January 1876, he was elected to the newly created Senate. This last phase of his political career was considered a failure. Hugo was a maverick and achieved little in the Senate. Hugo suffered a mild stroke on 27 June 1878.[43][44] To honour the fact that he was entering his 80th year, one of the greatest tributes to a living writer was held. The celebrations began on 25 June 1881, when Hugo was presented with a Sèvres vase, the traditional gift for sovereigns. On 27 June, one of the largest parades in French history was held. Marchers stretched from the Avenue d'Eylau, where the author was living, down the Champs-Élysées, and all the way to the centre of Paris. The paraders marched for six hours past Hugo as he sat at the window at his house. Every inch and detail of the event was for Hugo; the official guides even wore cornflowers as an allusion to Fantine's song in Les Misérables. On 28 June, the city of Paris
Paris
changed the name of the Avenue d'Eylau to Avenue Victor-Hugo.[45] Letters addressed to the author were from then on labelled "To Mister Victor Hugo, In his avenue, Paris". Two days before dying, he left a note with these last words: "To love is to act". On 20 May 1885 le Petit Journal published the official medical bulletin on Hugo’s health condition. "The illustrious patient" was fully conscious and aware that there was no hope for him. They also reported from a reliable source that at one point in the night he had whispered the following alexandrine, " En moi, c’est le combat du jour et de la nuit" - "In me, this is the battle between day and night"[46]. Le Matin published a slightly different version, "Here is the battle between day and night. » Hugo's death from pneumonia on 22 May 1885, at the age of 83, generated intense national mourning. He was not only revered as a towering figure in literature, he was a statesman who shaped the Third Republic and democracy in France. All his life he remained a defender of liberty, equality and fraternity as well as an adamant champion of French culture. In 1877, aged 75, he wrote, "I am not one of these sweet-tempered old men. I am still exasperated and violent. I shout and I feel indignant and I cry. Woe to anyone who harms France! I do declare I will die a fanatic patriot.[47]" Although he had requested a pauper’s funeral he was awarded a state funeral by decree of President Jules Grévy. More than two million people joined his funeral procession in Paris
Paris
from the Arc de Triomphe to the Panthéon, where he was buried. He shares a crypt within the Panthéon
Panthéon
with Alexandre Dumas
Alexandre Dumas
and Émile Zola. Most large French towns and cities have a street named after him. Hugo left five sentences as his last will, to be officially published:

Je donne cinquante mille francs aux pauvres. Je veux être enterré dans leur corbillard. Je refuse l'oraison de toutes les Églises. Je demande une prière à toutes les âmes. Je crois en Dieu.

"I leave 50,000 francs to the poor. I wish to be buried in their hearse. I refuse [funeral] orations from all Churches. I ask all souls for a prayer. I believe in God."

Drawings[edit] Hugo produced more than 4,000 drawings. Originally pursued as a casual hobby, drawing became more important to Hugo shortly before his exile when he made the decision to stop writing to devote himself to politics. Drawing
Drawing
became his exclusive creative outlet between 1848 and 1851. Hugo worked only on paper, and on a small scale; usually in dark brown or black pen-and-ink wash, sometimes with touches of white, and rarely with colour. The surviving drawings are surprisingly accomplished and "modern" in their style and execution, foreshadowing the experimental techniques of Surrealism
Surrealism
and Abstract expressionism. He would not hesitate to use his children's stencils, ink blots, puddles and stains, lace impressions, "pliage" or folding (e.g. Rorschach blots), "grattage" or rubbing, often using the charcoal from matchsticks or his fingers instead of pen or brush. Sometimes he would even toss in coffee or soot to get the effects he wanted. It is reported that Hugo often drew with his left hand or without looking at the page, or during Spiritist
Spiritist
séances, to access his unconscious mind, a concept only later popularised by Sigmund Freud. Hugo kept his artwork out of the public eye, fearing it would overshadow his literary work. However, he enjoyed sharing his drawings with his family and friends, often in the form of ornately handmade calling cards, many of which were given as gifts to visitors when he was in political exile. Some of his work was shown to, and appreciated by, contemporary artists such as van Gogh and Delacroix; the latter expressed the opinion that if Hugo had decided to become a painter instead of a writer, he would have outshone the artists of their century. Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
and women[edit] His wife[edit] Hugo married Adèle Foucher in October 1822. They lived together for nearly 46 years until she died in August 1868. Hugo, who was still banished from France, was unable to attend her funeral in Villequier where their daughter Léopoldine was buried. From 1830 to 1837 Adèle had an affair with Charles-Augustin Sainte Beuve, a reviewer and writer.[48] His official mistresses[edit] Juliette Drouet[edit] From February 1833 until her death in 1883, Juliette Drouet
Juliette Drouet
devoted her whole life to Victor Hugo, who never married her even after his wife died in 1868. He took her on his numerous trips and she followed him in exile on Guernsey. There Hugo rented a house for her near Hauteville House, his family home. She wrote some 20,000 letters in which she expressed her passion or vented her jealousy on her womanizing lover.[49] On 25 September 1870 during the Siege of Paris (19 September 1870–28 January 1871) Hugo feared the worst. He left his children a note reading as follows : "J.D. She saved my life in December 1851. For me she underwent exile. Never has her soul forsaken mine. Let those who have loved me love her. Let those who have loved me respect her. She is my widow." V.H[50] Léonie d’Aunet[edit] For more than seven years, Léonie d’Aunet, who was a married woman, was involved in a love relationship with Hugo. Both were caught in adultery on 5 July 1845. Hugo, who had been a Member of the Chamber of Peers since April, avoided condemnation whereas his mistress had to spend two months in prison and six in a convent. Many years after their separation, Hugo made a point of supporting her financially.[51] His numerous casual affairs[edit] Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
gave free rein to his sensuality until a few weeks before his death. He sought a wide variety of women of all ages, be they courtesans, actresses, prostitutes, admirers, servants or revolutionaries like Louise Michel
Louise Michel
for sexual activity. Both a graphomaniac and erotomaniac, he systematically reported his casual affairs using his own code, as Samuel Pepys
Samuel Pepys
did, to make sure they would remain secret. For instance, he resorted to Latin abbreviations (osc. for kisses) or to Spanish (Misma. Mismas cosas : The same. Same things). Homophones are frequent : Seins (Breasts) becomes Saint; Poële (Stove) actually refers to Poils (Pubic hair). Analogy also enabled him to conceal the real meaning: A woman’s Suisses (Swiss) are her breasts – due to the fact that Switzerland is renowned for its milk. After a rendez-vous with a young woman named Laetitia he would write Joie (Happiness) in his diary. If he added t.n. (toute nue) he meant she stripped naked in front of him. The initials S.B. discovered in November 1875 may refer to Sarah Bernhardt.[52] Gallery[edit]

Crépuscule ("Twilight"), Jersey, 1853–1855.

Ville avec le pont de Tumbledown, ("Town with Tumbledown Bridge"), 1847.

Pieuvre avec les initiales V.H., ("Octopus with the initials V.H."), 1866.

Le Rocher de l'Ermitage dans un paysage imaginaire ("Ermitage Rock in an imaginary landscape")

Le phare ("The Lighthouse")

Gavroche
Gavroche
a onze ans, (" Gavroche
Gavroche
at eleven years old").

Memorials[edit]

The banknote of 5 New Francs 1959 of the French national bank Banque de France honouring Victor Hugo, with a view of his burial place the Panthéon
Panthéon
in Paris, and the Place des Vosges
Place des Vosges
in Paris
Paris
where he used to live.

Avenue Victor-Hugo in Paris.

The people of Guernsey
Guernsey
erected a statue by sculptor Jean Boucher in Candie Gardens ( Saint
Saint
Peter Port) to commemorate his stay in the islands. The City of Paris
Paris
has preserved his residences Hauteville House, Guernsey
Guernsey
and 6, Place des Vosges, Paris
Paris
as museums. The house where he stayed in Vianden, Luxembourg, in 1871 has also become a commemorative museum. Hugo is venerated as a saint in the Vietnamese religion of Cao Đài, in the front hall of the Holy See in Tây Ninh.[53][54] The Avenue Victor-Hugo in the 16th arrondissement of Paris
Paris
bears Hugo's name and links the Place de l'Étoile
Place de l'Étoile
to the vicinity of the Bois de Boulogne
Bois de Boulogne
by way of the Place Victor-Hugo. This square is served by a Paris
Paris
Métro stop also named in his honour. In the town of Béziers
Béziers
there is a main street, a school, hospital and several cafés named after Hugo, and a number of streets and avenues throughout France are named after him. The school Lycée Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
was founded in his town of birth, Besançon
Besançon
in France. Avenue Victor-Hugo, located in Shawinigan, Quebec, was named to honour him. In the city of Avellino, Italy, Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
lived briefly stayed in what is now known as Il Palazzo Culturale when reuniting with his father, Leopold Sigisbert Hugo, in 1808. Hugo would later write about his brief stay here, quoting "C'était un palais de marbre..." ("It was a palace of marble").

Statue of Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
in Rome, Italy. It is across from the Museo Carlo Bilotti on Viale Fiorello La Guardia.

There is a statue of Hugo across from the Museo Carlo Bilotti in Rome, Italy. Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
is the namesake of the city of Hugoton, Kansas.[55] In Havana, Cuba there is a park named after him and bust of Hugo stands near the entrance of the Old Summer Palace
Old Summer Palace
in Beijing. A mosaic commemorating Hugo is located on the ceiling of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. The London and North Western Railway
London and North Western Railway
named a 'Prince of Wales' Class 4-6-0 No 1134 after Hugo. British Railways perpetuated this memorial, naming Class 92 Electric Unit 92001 after him. Religious veneration[edit] Thanks to his contribution to mankind, his virtues, and belief in God, he is venerated as a saint in Cao Đài, a new religion established in Vietnam in 1926. According to religious records, he was assigned by God to lead the foreign mission as part of God's Divine hierarchy. He represented mankind, along with the major Saints Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
and Trạng Trình Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, to sign a religious pact with God, promising to lead mankind to "Love and Justice" ("Amour et Justice"). Here is an excerpt of his teaching about heaven:

In all heavens, beauty reigns, Its beings possess much of divinity. Peace and harmony rule these realms, Their beings know not the word 'war'.[56]

Works[edit]

Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
cabinet card by London Stereoscopic Company

1952 Soviet Union
Soviet Union
postage stamp.

Ceiling mosaic, Library of Congress

Published during Hugo's lifetime[edit]

Cromwell preface only (1819) Odes et poésies diverses (1822) Odes (1823) Han d'Islande (1823), (Hans of Iceland) Nouvelles Odes (1824) Bug-Jargal (1826) Odes et Ballades (1826), (Odes and Ballads) Cromwell (1827) Les Orientales
Les Orientales
(1829), (Orientalia) Le Dernier jour d'un condamné (1829), (The Last Day of a Condemned Man) Hernani (1830) Notre-Dame de Paris
Paris
(1831), (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) Marion de Lorme (1831) Les Feuilles d'automne (1831), (Autumn Leaves) Le roi s'amuse
Le roi s'amuse
(1832) Lucrezia Borgia (1833) Marie Tudor (1833) Littérature et philosophie mêlées (1834), (A Blend of Literature and Philosophy) Claude Gueux (1834) Angelo, Tyrant of Padua (1835) Les Chants du crépuscule (1835), (Songs of the Half Light) La Esmeralda (only libretto of an opera written by Victor Hugo himself) (1836) Les Voix intérieures (1837) Ruy Blas
Ruy Blas
(1838) Les Rayons et les Ombres (1840) Le Rhin (1842) Les Burgraves
Les Burgraves
(1843) Napoléon le Petit (1852), ( Napoleon
Napoleon
the Little) Les Châtiments
Les Châtiments
(1853) Les Contemplations
Les Contemplations
(1856), (The Contemplations) Les TRYNE (1856) La Légende des siècles
La Légende des siècles
(1859), (The Legend of the Ages) Les Misérables
Les Misérables
(1862) William Shakespeare (1864) Les Chansons des rues et des bois (1865), (Songs of Street and Wood) Les Travailleurs de la Mer (1866), (Toilers of the Sea) La voix de Guernsey
Guernsey
(1867) L'Homme qui rit (1869), (The Man Who Laughs) L'Année terrible (1872) Quatrevingt-treize
Quatrevingt-treize
(Ninety-Three) (1874) Mes Fils (1874) Actes et paroles – Avant l'exil (1875) Actes et paroles – Pendant l'exil (1875), (Deeds and Words) Actes et paroles – Depuis l'exil (1876) La Légende des Siècles 2e série (1877) L'Art d'être grand-père (1877), (The Art of Being a Grandfather) Histoire d'un crime 1re partie (1877), (History of a Crime) Histoire d'un crime 2e partie (1878) Le Pape (1878) La Pitié suprême (1879) Religions et religion (1880), (Religions and Religion) L'Âne (1880) Les Quatres vents de l'esprit (1881), (The Four Winds of the Spirit) Torquemada (1882) La Légende des siècles
La Légende des siècles
Tome III (1883) L'Archipel de la Manche (1883)

Poems of Victor Hugo Published posthumously[edit]

Théâtre en liberté (1886) La Fin de Satan (1886) Choses vues (1887) Toute la lyre (1888), (The Whole Lyre) Amy Robsart (1889) Les Jumeaux (1889) Actes et Paroles – Depuis l'exil, 1876–1885 (1889) Alpes et Pyrénées (1890), ( Alps
Alps
and Pyrenees) Dieu (1891) France et Belgique (1892) Toute la lyre – dernière série (1893) Les fromages (1895) Correspondences – Tome I (1896) Correspondences – Tome II (1898) Les années funestes (1898) Choses vues – nouvelle série (1900) Post-scriptum de ma vie (1901) Dernière Gerbe (1902) Mille francs de récompense (1934) Océan. Tas de pierres (1942) L'Intervention (1951) Conversations with Eternity
Conversations with Eternity
(1998)

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Further reading[edit]

Afran, Charles (1997). “Victor Hugo: French Dramatist”. Website: Discover France. (Originally published in Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, 1997, v.9.0.1.) Retrieved November 2005. Azurmendi, Joxe, (1985). Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
Euskal Herrian, Jakin, 37: 137–66. Website: Jakingunea. Bates, Alfred (1906). “Victor Hugo”. Website: Theatre
Theatre
History. (Originally published in The Drama: Its History, Literature and Influence on Civilization, vol. 9. ed. Alfred Bates. London: Historical Publishing Company, 1906. pp. 11–13.) Retrieved November 2005. Bates, Alfred (1906). “Hernani”. Website: Theatre
Theatre
History. (Originally published in The Drama: Its History, Literature and Influence on Civilization, vol. 9. ed. Alfred Bates. London: Historical Publishing Company, 1906. pp. 20–23.) Retrieved November 2005. Bates, Alfred (1906). “Hugo's Cromwell”. Website: Theatre
Theatre
History. (Originally published in The Drama: Its History, Literature and Influence on Civilization, vol. 9. ed. Alfred Bates. London: Historical Publishing Company, 1906. pp. 18–19.) Retrieved November 2005. Bittleston, Misha. "Drawings of Victor Hugo". Website: Misha Bittleston. Retrieved November 2005. Burnham, I.G. (1896). "Amy Robsart". Website: Theatre
Theatre
History. (Originally published in Victor Hugo: Dramas. Philadelphia: The Rittenhouse Press, 1896. pp. 203–06, 401–02.) Retrieved November 2005. Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th Edition (2001–05). "Hugo, Victor Marie, Vicomte". Website: Bartleby, Great Books Online. Retrieved November 2005. Retrieved November 2005. Haine, W. Scott (1997). "Victor Hugo". Encyclopedia of 1848 Revolutions. Website: Ohio University. Retrieved November 2005. Karlins, N.F. (1998). "Octopus With the Initials V.H." Website: ArtNet. Retrieved November 2005. Liukkonen, Petri (2000). Petri Liukkonen. "Victor Hugo". Books and Writers Meyer, Ronald Bruce (2004). "Victor Hugo" at the Wayback Machine (archived 8 May 2006). Website: Ronald Bruce Meyer. Retrieved November 2005. Portasio, Manoel (2009). " Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
e o Espiritismo". Website: Sir William Crookes Spiritist
Spiritist
Society. (Portuguese) Retrieved August 2010. Robb, Graham (1997). "A Sabre in the Night". Website: The New York Times (Books). (Excerpt from Graham, Robb (1997). Victor Hugo: A Biography. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.) Retrieved November 2005. Roche, Isabel (2005). "Victor Hugo: Biography". Meet the Writers. Website: Barnes & Noble. (From the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 2005.) Retrieved November 2005. Schneider, Maria do Carmo M (2010). "Victor Hugo, gênio sem fronteiras". Website: MiniWeb Educacao. (Portuguese) Retrieved August 2010. State Library of Victoria
State Library of Victoria
(2014). "Victor Hugo: Les Misérables
Les Misérables
– From Page to Stage". Website: Retrieved July 2014. Uncited author. "Victor Hugo". Website: Spartacus Educational. Retrieved November 2005. Uncited author. "Timeline of Victor Hugo". Website: BBC. Retrieved November 2005. Uncited author. (2000–2005). "Victor Hugo". Website: The Literature Network. Retrieved November 2005. Uncited author. "Hugo Caricature". Website: Présence de la Littérature a l'école. Retrieved November 2005. Barbou, Alfred (1882). Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
and His Times. University Press of the Pacific: 2001 paperback edition. ISBN 0-89875-478-X Barnett, Marva A., ed. (2009). Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
on Things That Matter: A Reader. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-12245-4 Brombert, Victor H. (1984). Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
and the Visionary Novel. Boston: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-93550-0 Davidson, A.F. (1912). Victor Hugo: His Life and Work. University Press of the Pacific: 2003 paperback edition. ISBN 1-4102-0778-1 Dow, Leslie Smith (1993). Adele Hugo: La Miserable. Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions. ISBN 0-86492-168-3 Falkayn, David (2001). Guide to the Life, Times, and Works of Victor Hugo. University Press of the Pacific. ISBN 0-89875-465-8 Feller, Martin (1988). Der Dichter in der Politik. Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
und der Deutsch-Französische Krieg von 1870/71. Untersuchungen zum französischen Deutschlandbild und zu Hugos Rezeption in Deutschland. Marburg: Doctoral Dissertation. Frey, John Andrew (1999). A Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-29896-3 Grant, Elliot (1946). The Career of Victor Hugo. Harvard University Press. Out of print. Halsall, A.W. et al. (1998). Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
and the Romantic Drama. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-4322-4 Hart, Simon Allen (2004). Lady in the Shadows: The Life and Times of Julie Drouet, Mistress, Companion and Muse to Victor Hugo. Publish American. ISBN 1-4137-1133-2 Houston, John Porter (1975). Victor Hugo. New York: Twayne Publishers. ISBN 0-8057-2443-5 Hovasse, Jean-Marc (2001), Victor Hugo: Avant l'exil. Paris: Fayard. ISBN 2-213-61094-0 Hovasse, Jean-Marc (2008), Victor Hugo: Pendant l'exil I. Paris: Fayard. ISBN 2-213-62078-4 Ireson, J.C. (1997). Victor Hugo: A Companion to His Poetry. Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-815799-1 Maurois, Andre (1956). Olympio: The Life of Victor Hugo. New York: Harper & Brothers. Maurois, Andre (1966). Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
and His World. London: Thames and Hudson. Out of print. O'Neill, J, ed. (2000). Romanticism
Romanticism
& the school of nature : nineteenth-century drawings and paintings from the Karen B. Cohen collection. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.  (contains information on Hugo's drawings)

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Presentation by Graham Robb on Victor Hugo: A Biography, February 8, 1998, C-SPAN

Robb, Graham (1997). Victor Hugo: A Biography. W.W. Norton & Company: 1999 paperback edition. ISBN 0-393-31899-0, (description/reviews at wwnorton.com)

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Victor Hugo

Novels

Han d'Islande (1823) Bug-Jargal (1826) The Last Day of a Condemned Man
The Last Day of a Condemned Man
(1829) The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
(1831) Les Misérables
Les Misérables
(1862) Toilers of the Sea
Toilers of the Sea
(1866) The Man Who Laughs
The Man Who Laughs
(1869) Ninety-Three
Ninety-Three
(1874)

Plays

Inez de Castro (1820; published in 1863) Cromwell (1827) Hernani (1830) Marion de Lorme (1831) Le roi s'amuse
Le roi s'amuse
(1832) Lucrezia Borgia (1833) Marie Tudor (1833) Angelo, Tyrant of Padua (1835) La Esmeralda (1836; libretto only) Ruy Blas
Ruy Blas
(1838) Les Burgraves
Les Burgraves
(1843) Torquemada (1882)

Short stories

"Claude Gueux" (1834)

Poetry
Poetry
collections

Odes et poésies diverses (1822) Nouvelles Odes (1824) Odes et Ballades (1828) Les Orientales
Les Orientales
(1829) Les Feuilles d'automne (1831) Les Chants du crépuscule (1835) Les Voix intérieures (1837) Les Rayons et les Ombres (1840) Les Châtiments
Les Châtiments
(1853) Les Contemplations
Les Contemplations
(1856) La Légende des siècles
La Légende des siècles
(Part One 1859) Les Chansons des rues et des bois (1865) L'Année terrible (1872) L'Art d'être grand-père (1877) La Légende des siècles
La Légende des siècles
(Part Two 1877) Le Pape (1878) La Pitié suprême (1879) L'Âne (1880) Les Quatre Vents de l'esprit (1881) Final part of La Légende des siècles
La Légende des siècles
(1883) La Fin de Satan (1886) Dieu (1891, 1941) Toute la Lyre
Toute la Lyre
(1888, 1893, 1897, 1935-1937) Les Années funestes (1898) Dernière Gerbe (1902, 1941) Océan, Tas de pierres (1942) Le Verso de la page (1960) Œuvres d'enfance et de jeunesse, 1814-20 (juvenilia, 1964)

Other writings

Le Rhin (1842) Napoléon le Petit (1852 pamphlet) William Shakespeare (1864 essay) Actes et Paroles (1875) Religions et religion (1880)

Related

Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale

Berne Convention

Hauteville House Maison de Victor Hugo Léopoldine Hugo (daughter) François-Victor Hugo
François-Victor Hugo
(son) Adèle Hugo
Adèle Hugo
(daughter) Joseph Léopold Sigisbert Hugo (father) Juliette Drouet Avenue Victor-Hugo (Paris)

Associated subjects

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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
by Victor Hugo

Characters

Quasimodo Esmeralda Claude Frollo Captain Phoebus Clopin Trouillefou Pierre Gringoire

Films

Esmeralda (1905) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1911) The Darling of Paris
Paris
(1917) Esmeralda (1922) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1923) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1939) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1956) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1966) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1977) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1982) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1986) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1996) The Hunchback (1997) Quasimodo
Quasimodo
d'El Paris
Paris
(1999) The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
(2002)

Opera

La Esmeralda (1836) Esmeralda (1883)

Ballet

La Esmeralda (1844) Notre Dame de Paris
Paris
(1967)

Musicals

Notre-Dame de Paris
Paris
(1998) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1999) Klokkeren fra Notre Dame (2002)

Music

"The Bells of Notre Dame" "Out There" "Topsy Turvy" "God Help the Outcasts" "Heaven's Light" "Hellfire" "A Guy Like You" "Someday" "Made of Stone"

Video games

Hunchback (1983) The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Topsy Turvy Games (1996) Disney's Animated Storybook: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1996)

Related

Disney franchise

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Les Misérables
Les Misérables
by Victor Hugo

Characters

Jean Valjean Javert Fantine Cosette Marius Éponine Enjolras Gavroche Thénardiers Bishop Myriel Patron-Minette Friends of the ABC

Film adaptations

1909 1917 1925 1934 1935 1948 1952 1958 1978 1982 1995 1998 2012

Concerts

1995 2010

Other adaptations

Musical Radio Les Misérables: Shōjo Cosette Jean Val Jean Beedala Patlu (1950) Ezhai Padum Padu
Ezhai Padum Padu
(1950) Kundan (1955) Duppathuge Dukka (1956) Beedala Patlu (1972)

Television adaptations

1974 telenovela 2000 miniseries 2014 telenovela

Songs and soundtracks

Songs from Les Misérables "Do You Hear the People Sing?" "I Dreamed a Dream" "On My Own" "One Day More" "Suddenly" Les Misérables: Highlights from the Motion Picture Soundtrack

Related

Fantine
Fantine
(1886 painting)

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Angelo, Tyrant of Padua by Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
(1835)

Films

The Tyrant of Padua
The Tyrant of Padua
(1946)

Operas

Il giuramento
Il giuramento
(1837) Angelo (1876) La Gioconda (1876)

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Marie Tudor by Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
(1833)

Films

Mary Tudor (1911) Marie Tudor (1912)

Operas

Maria, regina d'Inghilterra
Maria, regina d'Inghilterra
(1843) The Armourer of Nantes
The Armourer of Nantes
(1863) Maria Tudor (1879)

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The Man Who Laughs
The Man Who Laughs
by Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
(1869)

Films

The Grinning Face (1921) The Man Who Laughs
The Man Who Laughs
(1928) The Man Who Laughs
The Man Who Laughs
(1966)

Literature

"The Laughing Man" (short story)

Story within a story

The Black Dahlia

Other

Comprachicos

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Académie française
Académie française
Seat 14

François Maynard
François Maynard
(1634) Pierre Corneille
Pierre Corneille
(1647) Thomas Corneille
Thomas Corneille
(1684) Antoine Houdar de la Motte
Antoine Houdar de la Motte
(1710) Michel-Celse-Roger de Bussy-Rabutin
Michel-Celse-Roger de Bussy-Rabutin
(1732) Étienne Lauréault de Foncemagne (1736) Michel Paul Guy de Chabanon (1779) Jacques-André Naigeon
Jacques-André Naigeon
(1803) Népomucène Lemercier (1810) Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
(1841) Leconte de Lisle
Leconte de Lisle
(1886) Henry Houssaye (1894) Hubert Lyautey
Hubert Lyautey
(1912) Louis Franchet d'Espèrey (1934) Robert d'Harcourt (1946) Jean Mistler
Jean Mistler
(1966) Hélène Carrère d'Encausse
Hélène Carrère d'Encausse
(1990)

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Romanticism

Countries

Denmark England (literature) France (literature) Germany Norway Poland Russia (literature) Scotland

Movements

Bohemianism Counter-Enlightenment Dark romanticism Düsseldorf School Gesamtkunstwerk Gothic fiction Gothic Revival (architecture) Hudson River School Indianism Nazarene movement Ossian Romantic hero Romanticism
Romanticism
in science Romantic nationalism Opium and Romanticism Transcendentalism Ultra-Romanticism Wallenrodism

Writers

Abovian Alencar Alfieri Andersen A. v. Arnim B. v. Arnim Azevedo Baratashvili Baratynsky Barbauld (Aikin) Batyushkov Baudelaire Beer Bertrand Blake Botev Brentano Bryant Burns Byron Castelo Branco Castilho Cazotte Chateaubriand Chavchavadze Clare Coleridge Cooper De Quincey Dias Dumas Eichendorff Emerson Eminescu Espronceda Fouqué Foscolo Garrett Gautier Goethe Grimm Brothers Gutzkow Hauff Hawthorne Heine Heliade Herculano Hoffmann Hölderlin Hugo Ilić Irving Jakšić Jean Paul Karamzin Keats Kleist Krasiński Lamartine Larra Leopardi Lermontov Lowell Macedonski Mácha Magalhães Malczewski Manzoni Maturin Mérimée Mickiewicz Musset Nalbandian Nerval Nodier Norwid Novalis Oehlenschläger Orbeliani Poe Polidori Potocki Prešeren Pushkin Raffi Schiller Schwab Scott Seward M. Shelley P. B. Shelley Shevchenko Słowacki De Staël Stendhal Tieck Tyutchev Uhland Vörösmarty Vyazemsky Wordsworth Zhukovsky Zorrilla

Music

Adam Alkan Auber Beethoven Bellini Bennett Berlioz Bertin Berwald Brahms Bruckner Cherubini Chopin Dargomyzhsky Félicien David Ferdinand David Donizetti Fauré Field Franck Franz Glinka Gomis Halévy Kalkbrenner Liszt Loewe Marschner Masarnau Méhul Fanny Mendelssohn Felix Mendelssohn Méreaux Meyerbeer Moniuszko Moscheles Mussorgsky Niedermeyer Onslow Paganini Prudent Reicha Rimsky-Korsakov Rossini Rubinstein Schubert Clara Schumann Robert Schumann Smetana Sor Spohr Spontini Thalberg Verdi Voříšek Wagner Weber

Theologians and philosophers

Chaadayev Coleridge Feuerbach Fichte Goethe Hegel Khomyakov Müller Ritschl Rousseau Schiller A. Schlegel F. Schlegel Schopenhauer Schleiermacher Tieck Wackenroder

Visual artists

Aivazovsky Bierstadt Blake Bonington Bryullov Chassériau Church Constable Cole Corot Dahl David d'Angers Delacroix Friedrich Fuseli Géricault Girodet Głowacki Goya Gude Hayez Janmot Jones Kiprensky Koch Lampi Leutze Loutherbourg Maison Martin Michałowski Palmer Porto-Alegre Préault Révoil Richard Rude Runge Saleh Scheffer Stattler Stroj Tidemand Tropinin Turner Veit Ward Wiertz

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