Victor Hugo (26 February, 1802 – 22 May, 1885) was a French author best known for his novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Along with novels, Mr. Hugo also wrote essays, poems, plays and was known to be a human rights activist.
- Hugo’s father was a general in Napoleon’s army.
- His wife, Adele Foucher, was his childhood sweetheart.
- He wrote a book of poetry, for which Mr. Hugo got many gifts as well as a pension of 3,000 francs from King Louis XVII.
- The author started planning the novel Les Misérables in the 1830s, it was published in 1862. He went on to earn over half a million francs the next six years from the publication.
- The book Les Misérables, was the most popular novel among soldiers fighting in the American Civil War.
- If he got writer’s block, Mr. Hugo used to take all his clothes off, go into an empty room with only pen and paper, and force himself to write.
- When Napoleon III came to power in 1851, he declared Victor Hugo a traitor. Mr. Hugo lived in exile until 1870.
- Upon returning to Paris in 1870, Mr. Hugo was elected to the National Assembly.
- When he died, Mr. Hugo’s coffin was laid under the Arc de Triomphe for an all-night vigil.
- The funeral procession took six hours to pass.
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