Victor Hugo was a prominent French writer during the Romantic movement. Hugo is well known for both his poetry and classic novels such as Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Hugo's writings served as excellent critiques of French political and social issues during his time. Toilers of the Sea is a book that Hugo dedicated to the island of Guernsey where he spent fifteen years in exile. The book is set just after the Napoleonic Wars and it deals with the impact of the Industrial Revolution.
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Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry and then from his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). He also produced more than 4,000 drawings, which have since been admired for their beauty, and earned widespread respect as a campaigner for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment. Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views changed as the decades passed, and he became a passionate supporter of republicanism; his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and the artistic trends of his time. He is buried in the Panthéon. His legacy has been honoured in many ways, including his portrait being placed on French franc banknotes.
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