Victor Hugo Other Literary Forms

Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)
0111201556-Hugo.jpg Victor Hugo (Library of Congress) Published by Salem Press, Inc.

Victor Hugo, one of the titanic figures of nineteenth century literature, produced major works in every genre. He is among the greatest lyric poets in French literature; two of his many novels, Notre-Dame de Paris (1831; The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1833) and Les Misérables (1862; English translation, 1862), are classics of world literature; and his remaining works are prodigious in their variety and their ambition, ranging from literary criticism, biography, and philosophical reflection to impassioned polemics on social and political issues—notably capital punishment, against which Hugo was a tireless crusader.