Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist and dramatist, was born today in history: 26 February, 1802

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Woodburytype of Victor Hugo by Étienne Carjat, 1876 Woodburytype of Victor Hugo by Étienne Carjat, 1876

Victor Marie Hugo (/ˈhjɡ/French: [viktɔʁ maʁi yɡo]; 26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best known French writers. In France, Hugo’s literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem. Outside France, his best-known works are the acclaimed novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). He also produced more than 4,000 drawings, which have since been admired for their beauty, and earned widespread respect as a campaigner for social causes such as…

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