Victor Hugo is a famous poet, novelist, dramatist, and one of the most important French Romantic authors. He is best known for his poetry and novels, including titles such as Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).
Victor-Marie Hugo was born in Besançon, France, on February 26, 1802. He studied law from 1815 to 1818 after which he graduated from the law faculty at Paris. Encouraged by his mother, Hugo began his career in literature.
In 1831, he published one of his most notable works, Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame). Notre-Dame de Paris was quickly translated into other languages across Europe and is considered as the one of the most famous Hugo’s work.
After Notre-Dame de Paris, Hugo became the most celebrated literary figures in France in the 1840s. Hugo’s literary achievement was recognized by his election to the French Academy in 1841 after three unsuccessful attempts. Four years later he was also nominated for the Chamber of Peers.
In 1862, Hugo finished and published his abandoned novel, Les Misérables. The book was a great success in Europe and the United States. As one of the greatest literary works of the 19th century, Les Misérables was later interpreted as a theatrical musical and a film.
Victor Hugo is considered one of the greatest writers and remains one of the giants of French literature. He is also one of the rare authors who impresses both academic and non-academic audiences.