He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.
– Victor Hugo
Born Victor Marie Hugo
26 February 1802
Died 22 May 1885 (aged 83)
Occupation Poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner
Literary movement Romanticism
Victor Marie Hugo (French pronunciation: [viktɔʁ maʁi yɡo]; was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist. He is considered one of the most well-known French Romantic 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 novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).
Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo’s views changed as the decades passed; he became a passionate supporter of republicanism, and his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and artistic trends of his time. He was buried in the Panthéon.