Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo was a French poet, novelist and dramatist of the Romantic Movement. He is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Born in 1802, Hugo rose to fame by publishing romantic poetry in the early 1820s before moving on to writing larger works such as novels and plays. His most famous works include Les Miserables (1862), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831) and The Story of a Crime (1862). Hugo was also actively involved with politics and was a fierce advocate for social reform. After the defeat of Napoleon III in 1870, Hugo moved away from France but continued to write about his experience in exile for nearly two decades. Hugo died in 1885 but his legacy lives on as he is still widely celebrated today for his contributions to literature and politics. He has been the subject of numerous books, plays and films. His works continue to be read and studied in schools around the world. Hugo is an example of a remarkable artist who was able to bring ideas from his life into his writing in order to create powerful messages about society that still resonate today.

Victor Hugo
Daniel Saubès/ Léon Bonnat. “Victor Hugo”. Huile sur toile, 1877. Paris, Maison de Victor Hugo. Dimensions : 133 x 106

Victor Hugo’s influence extends beyond literature and politics, however. He also had an immense impact on French culture as a whole. He was a source of inspiration for many people during his lifetime, including other writers like Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, both of whom drew heavily from Hugo’s writings while crafting their own philosophies. Hugo also championed the cause of social justice and helped shape France’s cultural identity during the 19th century. His influence can be seen in everything from the architecture of Paris to the fashion of the day.

Victor Hugo’s influence and importance can still be felt today, over a century after his death. His work continues to inspire artists and thinkers around the world while his commitment to social justice has become increasingly relevant in our modern society. He remains one of France’s greatest cultural icons, as well as one of history’s most significant writers and social activists. By studying Victor Hugo and his works, we can gain invaluable insight into French culture and learn more about how literature can shape our lives for the better.

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