Wednesday, February 25, 2009

This Day in History: Victor Hugo

Tomorrow marks the birth anniversary (1802) of famed French author Victor Hugo. Both a poet and dramatist, Hugo is best known for his two classic works of fiction, Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Both novels have been turned into movies and musicals. This publicity poster for the 1939 film version of Hunchback, starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara, was taken from the Internet Movie Database. The Disney studios even created an animated adaptation of the story in 1996.

Take in Hugo's beloved works at the NCC Libraries, and discover some sources that could help you better understand the novels:

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
by Victor Hugo
PQ 2288 .E5 1941 Stacks

Les Miserables
by Victor Hugo
PQ 2286 .A1 1967 Stacks (also available as an e-book online)

Victor Hugo (from the Modern Critical Views series)
by Harold Bloom
PQ 2301 .V498 1988 Stacks

Bio-Bibliographie de Victor Hugo, de 1802 à 1825
by Pierre Dubois
PQ 2300 .D8 1971 Stacks

The Perilous Quest: Image, Myth and Prophecy in the Narratives of Victor Hugo
by Richard B. Grant
PQ 2301 .G67 Stacks

Victor Hugo: A Realistic Biography of the Great Romantic
by Matthew Josephson
PQ 2293 .J6 Stacks

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