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Par: Anounyme

^dAA^T/cM. ^30, i^yjHARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARYFROM THE LIBRARY OFPROF. IRVIN6 BABBinSEPT. 28, 1933Copyright, 1906, By D. C. Heath & Co.INTRODUCTIONIn a brief introduction to one of Victor Hugo's novels, it would be unwise to attemptany adquate account of his life and work. He was one of the most powerful and mostversatile creators of characters in the nineteenth century. As a poet it may perhaps besaid that he renovated the art of writ-ing poetry in France, and by the inexhaustiblefecundity of his talent, by the immense breadth of his genius, he added much to thepriceless treasures of French literature.Victor Hugo was bom at Besanon, in the eastem part of France, in 1809, and died inParis in 1885. His father, Sigis-bert Hugo, was a gnerai in the army, and his mother ade-voted royalist; two facts that explain Hugo's leaning at first towards the Bourbondynasty and later on towards the Empire.In his twentieth year the publication of his first volume of Odes raised him at once tohigh literary...