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Victor Hugo

Author: Laurence M Porter
Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers, ©1999.
Series: Twayne's world authors series, TWAS 883.; Twayne's world authors series., French literature.
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One of the most renowned figures in French literature, Victor Hugo (1802-1885) is also the most widely read French novelist in the English-speaking world, owing to the continuing popularity of his two most important novels, Notre-Dame de Paris (1831) and Les Miserables (1862). Despite this prestige, however, Hugo has often been unfairly maligned by some academic critics who have demeaned his accomplishments as both
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Porter, Laurence M., 1936-
Victor Hugo.
New York : Twayne Publishers, c1999
(OCoLC)606350851
Named Person: Victor Hugo; Victor Hugo; Victor Hugo
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurence M Porter
ISBN: 0805716521 9780805716528
OCLC Number: 40533819
Description: xviii, 188 p. : port. ; 23 cm.
Contents: The divided self: royalist odes and frenetic novels --
The cathedral and the book: Notre-Dame de Paris: 1482 --
The leader of romanticism: triumph and failure in the theater --
The birth of a visionary poet --
Liberal and exile: the political career --
Grief work: Les contemplations --
The prophet: paradise regained --
The masterpiece: Les misérables.
Series Title: Twayne's world authors series, TWAS 883.; Twayne's world authors series., French literature.
Responsibility: Laurence M. Porter.

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One of the most renowned figures in French literature, Victor Hugo (1802-1885) is also the most widely read French novelist in the English-speaking world, owing to the continuing popularity of his two most important novels, Notre-Dame de Paris (1831) and Les Miserables (1862). Despite this prestige, however, Hugo has often been unfairly maligned by some academic critics who have demeaned his accomplishments as both a poet and novelist by calling him a mere popularizer with a fertile imagination. These critics have argued that Hugo's greatness resides not in the production of refined and well-crafted works but in his energy, genius for self-promotion, patriotism, political courage, versatility in different genres, and massive output.

In this study of Hugo's achievement, Laurence M. Porter offers a corrective to these misconceptions, taking a fresh look at a man who has long been a veritable institution in French culture. Without neglecting Hugo's political career, Porter emphasizes the richness and subtlety of his creative work.

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