Victor Hugo

1802 - 1885

one of the greatest French poet and most important of the French Romantic movement.

Hugo began writing young, with ambition to be a successful literary author when he was just fourteen. His first novel, Hans of Iceland, showed his true talent.

His plays, however, earned him the reputation of France's foremost romantic. His first, Cromwell, was a triumph. He later wrote Les Miserables, a social and historical novels that was influenced by his concerns about poverty and crime. These concerns arose after he was banished from Belgium for harbouring refugees.

Hugo continued to write prose, poetry and drama throughout his life and even in old age.


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