Victor Hugo

1802-1885 • France

Author • Republican

Poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers.  But his life (and loves) were much more complicated. He started as a monarchist and ended a principled republican.

Huge celebrations were held in Paris on 28 February 1882 to celebrate Victor Hugo’s 80th birthday. An estimated 600,000 people paraded beneath his windows at 124, avenue Victor Hugo, that had been renamed in his honour the year before. This was also the address where he died on 22 May 1885.

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