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Description - Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

The title of this book is Les Miserables and is written by author Victor Hugo. The book Les Miserables is published by Signet Classics. The ISBN of this book is 9780451419439 and the format is Paperback. The publisher has not provided a book description for Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780451419439
ISBN-10: 045141943X
Format: Paperback
(183mm x 112mm x 43mm)
Imprint: Signet Classics
Publisher: Signet Classics
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was the son of a high-ranking officer in Napoleon Bonaparte's Grand Army. A man of literature and politics, he participated in vast changes as France careened back and forth between empire and more democratic forms of government. As a young man in Paris, he became well-known and sometimes notorious for his poetry, fiction, and plays. In 1845, the year that he began writing his masterwork, Les Miserables, the king made him a peer of France, with a seat in the upper legislative body. There he advocated universal free education, general suffrage, and the abolition of capital punishment. When an uprising in 1848 ushered in a republic, he stopped writing Les Miserables and concentrated on politics. But in 1851, when the president proclaimed himself emperor, Hugo's opposition forced him into a long exile on the British Channel Islands. There, in 1860, he resumed work on Les Miserables, finishing it the next year. With the downfall of the emperor in 1870, Hugo returned to France, where he received a hero's welcome as a champion of democracy. At his death in 1885, two million people lined the streets of Paris as his coffin was borne to the Pantheon. There he was laid to rest with every honor the French nation could bestow.

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