Victor Hugo didn't much care for Adèle because he was never sure she was his daughter. Even so, he made her join the rest of his family as they shared his exile on the island of Jersey. Adèle was virtually imprisoned. The lack of outlets for her artistic gifts cramped her mind, and daily seances loosened her grip on reality. No wonder she fell in love with a feckless English soldier, Albert Andrew Pinson. His ardour for everything about her except her money cooled rapidly, but her passion for him burned white hot. Adèle dogged Pinson's footsteps, first to Halifax and then to Barbados, sometimes in a state of dementia. At last, a former slave rescued her from a Bridgetown street and took her home to France. Victor committed Adèle to an asylum, and there she stayed for the rest of her life, even though she was at times no less lucid than he.
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Ottawa writer Leslie Smith Dow bases Adèle Hugo's sad yet exciting life story on Adèle's own diaries, the Hugos' voluminous correspondence, and recollections written by friends of this strange family. Adèle Hugo: La Misérable, her second biography, follows the highly acclaimed Anna Leonowens: A Life Beyond the King and I. For more historical biography, try out The Diary of Death: 1819About the Author:
Leslie Smith Dow is the award-winning author of several books, a poet, short story and novel writer, a former newspaper reporter and freelance journalist. An e-edition of her award-winning book, Adele Hugo: La Miserable, with a new Afterword, is now available from Goose Lane Editions. She was selected as the Canadian Authors' Association Air Canada Award winner for Most Promising Canadian Writer Under Age 30. She has been listed as a finalist for the Trillium Writing Award, as well as other non-fiction writing awards offered by the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Municipality and the Ottawa Citizen. She was a winner of the Dartmouth Literary Award (non-fiction), and a recipient of grants from the Canada Council, City of Ottawa and Regional Municipality of Ottawa. Leslie has been a juror on the City of Ottawa and Regional Municipality Arts Awards Committees as well as a contributor and former member of the selection committee of Bywords.ca on-line poetry journal. She has written for numerous Canadian newspapers, magazines and journals as well as national and international publications. She lives in Ontario, Canada, where she keeps bees beside the St. Lawrence River.
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Book Description Goose Lane Editions, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110864921683
Book Description Goose Lane Editions, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0864921683