Joyeux anniversaire Victor Hugo! (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885)
French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. In France, Hugo is known primarily for his poetry collections, such as Les Contemplations (The Contemplations) and La Légende des siècles (The Legend of the Ages). He produced more than 4,000 drawings and also campaigned for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment. He is buried in the Panthéon in Paris. His legacy has been honoured in many ways, including his portrait being placed on French currency. (Wikipedia)
From our stacks: Various illustrations from Victor Hugo. Selected Poems from the Edition Definitive. Volume I. New York: George H. Richmond & Co., 1897.