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Selected Poems

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ISBN-10: 0142437034

ISBN-13: 9780142437032

Edition: 2002

Authors: Victor Hugo, Brooks Haxton, Victor Hugo

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For most of his life, Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was the most famous writer in the world. His legacy includes the nineteenth century's most celebrated works of drama, fiction, memoir, and criticism. But in his day Hugo was know foremost as a poet-indeed the greatest French poet of the age. He wrote with passion about history, erotic experience, familial love, philosophy, nature, social justice, art, and mysticism. In this new bicentennial edition, acclaimed poet and translator Brooks Haxton offers an exquisite selection of Hugo's finest work: love poems, historical tableaux, elegy, and idyll, including his incomparable "Boaz Asleep," which Marcel Proust praised as the most beautiful poem of the nineteenth century. "One of those rare and providential minds who in the domain of literature bring about the salvation of us all." (Charles Baudelaire)
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 2/26/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.242

Victor Hugo, born in 1802 in Besancon, France, was one of the leading French authors of the Romantic movement. Although he originally studied law, Hugo dreamed of writing. In 1819, he founded the journal Conservateur Litteraire as an outlet for his dream and soon produced volumes of poetry, plays, and novels. Hugo's most notable works include The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables. Published in 1831, The Hunchback of Notre Dame appealed to the public's consciousness concerning society and the treatment of outcasts. It was with the publication of Les Miserables in 1862 that Hugo gained international fame. Another tale of outcasts, this story follows the life of Jean Valjean, a man imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. After his release from prison, Valjean is hunted by the policeman Javert. Full of intricate details, the story also describes the famous Battle of Waterloo. (Hugo's father had been an officer in Napoleon's army.) Both of these works have been adapted for the stage and screen many times. These adaptations include the Walt Disney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the award-winning musical sensation Les Miserables. In addition to his literary career, Hugo also held political office. In 1841, he was elected to the Academie Francaise. After political upheaval in 1851, he was exiled and remained so until 1870. He returned to Paris in 1871 and was elected to the National Assembly, though he soon resigned. During Hugo's life, he had suffered devastating losses, including the death of his daughter in 1843, his wife in 1868, one son in 1871, and another in 1873. He lived out the rest of his life as a national hero and symbol of excellence, dying on May 22, 1888.

Brooks Haxton, born in Greenville, Mississippi, in 1950, is the son of the novelist Ellen Douglas and the composer Kenneth Haxton.

Introduction
A Note on the Translation
One-Year-Old
As I Have Set My Lip
Oceano Nox
Nights in June
Napoleon's Army After the Fall of Moscow
My Two Girls
Barefoot
Letter from Normandy
How It Happened (December 4, 1851)
All Souls' Day, 1846
When We Were Living (September 4, 1844)
Little Song (to Leopoldine, September 3, 1847)
The Graveyard at Villequier (September 4, 1847)
Word from the Dunes (August 4, 1854)
The Seven Oxen of the Northern Plough
Shepherds and Flocks
Mugitusque Boum
Flower
Dawn at the Edge of the Woods
Orpheus
Boaz Asleep
The Trumpet of Judgment
During Sickness
Et Nox Facta Est
The Plume of Satan
Whose Fault Is This? (June 25, 1871)
From The Art of Being a Grandfather Lesson One: The Moon
To Theophile Gautier
Sonnet
Notes