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Victor Marie Vicomete Hugo was one of the most distinguished French writers He was born on February 26 1802 in Besancon France He was the son of General Count Leacuteopold-Sigisbert Hugo and Sophie Hugo At the age of 13 he attended the lyceacutee Louis-le Grand in Paris where he showed his talent for writing verse tragedies and poetry In 1817 he was honoured by a French Academy for a poem that he wrote In 1822 Hugo married Adegravele Foucher who was the daughter of an officer in the French ministry of war His first collection of poems Bug-Jargal published in 1824 and Odes Et Poeisies Diverses Miscellaneous Odes and Verses published in 1826 gained him a Royal Pension from Louis XVII He also wrote several dramas such as Hernani in 1830 which made him instantly famous Victor gained his fame largely from the novels he wrote In 1931 his famous historical work The Hunchback of Notre Dame became an instant success and the story has become part of the French culture The novel set in 15th century Paris tells a moving story of a gypsy girl Esmeralda and the deformed bell ringer Quasimodo who loves her In his later life Hugo became involved in politics as a supporter of the republican form of government After three unsuccessful attempts Hugo was elected in 1841 to the Acadeacutemie Francaise This triumph was shadowed by the death of Hugos daughter Leacuteopoldine in 1843 It was only after a decade that Hugo again published books He devoted himself to politics advocating social justice After the 1848 revolution with the formation of the Second Republic Hugo was elected to the Constitutional Assembly and to the legislative assembly Les Miseacuterables When the coup deacutetat by Louis Napoleon Napoleon III took place in 1851 Hugo believed his life to be in danger He fled to Brussels and then to Jersey and Guernsey in the English Channel During his 20
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