By John Andrew Fey
Though he wrote greater than a century in the past, French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885) keeps to catch the mind's eye of up to date readers either in France and around the globe. within the usa, he's most sensible remembered because the writer of the unconventional Les Mis^D'erables (1862), which has been tailored for the degree, and of Notre-Dame-de-Paris (1831), in general identified to american citizens as The Hunchback of Notre Dame. yet Hugo was once additionally a poet and dramatist, an excellent spiritual and social philosopher, and the most vital shapers of French Romanticism. As a poet, he created new verse varieties, explored old and mythological subject matters, and criticized social problems with his time. via his drama, he united prose and poetry and tested the politics of britain and Spain. In all of his works, he mentioned such theological and social concerns because the challenge of evil, the character of conflict and peace, and the issues of capital punishment.
The quantity starts with a brief biography that locations Hugo in the context of 19th-century France. The biography tells of his early years within which he started to shape his spiritual and political beliefs, his maturation as a author and philosopher through the 1830s, and his political exile, in which he wrote a few of his most interesting poetry. The alphabetically prepared entries that stick to speak about his works, characters, issues, and concepts, in addition to ancient folks and locations that figured prominently in his existence and writings. a number of the entries cite resources of extra info, and the quantity closes with a specific, common bibliography.
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A Victor Hugo Encyclopedia by John Andrew Fey