Victor Hugo Resources

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was a beloved and enduring French novelist, playwright, and poet. His classic book Les Misérables inspired the stage musical of the same name.

Victor Hugo
c. 1875, photogravure by Comte Stanisław Julian Ostroróg dit Walery

Learn more about Victor Hugo and his work through these Hugo resources on this site:

Victor Hugo Biography

Prose by Victor Hugo

A Persuasive Letter Regarding John Brown

Poetry by Victor Hugo

Boaz Asleep (in English and French)

Demain dès l’aube, read aloud in French (video)


Composer Camille Saint-Saens was an admirer of Victor Hugo and wrote a lengthy tribute and composed the Hymne a Victor Hugo Op.69.

Hymne a Victor Hugo Op.69 · Gerard Brooks · Camille Saint-Saens Saint Saens – Complete Organ Works, Volume 1 – Transcriptions ℗ 2007 Priory Records Released on: 2007-06-01 Music Publisher: Public Domain

These Victor Hugo resources will be studied in World Literature from Excellence in Literature.

E5.6 Focus text: Les Misérables
We recommend the translation by Charles E. Wilbour, but you may also wish to explore the Norman Denny or Julie Rose translations.

Focus Text: Les Misérables

E5.6 Honors text: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

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