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Victor Hugo Biography



(1802-1885) Victor Hugo is a famous French writer: novelist, playwright, essayist and poet. Some of his most well-known works include: Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).

Birth:

Victor Hugo was born in Basancon, France on February 26, 1802. He was an third (illegitimate) son of Joseph Léopold Sigisbert Hugo and Sophie Trebuchet. His father was a general.

Death:

Victor Hugo died on May 22, 1885.

Millions of people attended his funeral, and his body is interred in Pantheon, France.

Marriage:

In 1822, Victor Hugo married Adèle Foucher, the daughter of an officer at the ministry of war. His wife died in 1868.

Education:

Victor Hugo was educated in Paris and Madrid. From 1815 to 1818, Hugo attended the Lycée Louis-le Grand in Paris.

Literary Career

Victor Hugo began writing poetry when he was in his teens. He became a nationally renowned poet and a famous internationally known novelist.
Study GuideSources
  • Maurois, André. Olympio: The Life of Victor Hugo. New York: Harper, 1956.
  • Robb, Graham. Victor Hugo: A Biography. New York: Norton, 1997.
  • Smith Dow, Leslie. Adèle Hugo: La Misérable. Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane, 1993.

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