English dress, though still young, has distinguished himself in almost every walk of imaginative literature: disputing the prize with the best lyric poets of the day; occupying one of the most eminent positions on the stage; and holding the very first place among the contemporary novelists of France. Of such a writer, the following particulars, brief though they be, will, it is presumed, form an acceptable Introduction to the attempt to transfuse the acknowledged master-piece of his pen into our native language. VICTOR HUGO was born on the 26 th of February, 1802, at Besancon. At the age of five years he accompanied his father, then a colonel in the French army, to I taly, where this officer was afterwards appointed commandant of a province, and was engaged in suppressing the hordes of banditti which then infested that country, and, among others, the daring Fra Diavolo. Two years afterwards, young Hugo, having returned to Paris, received his first instructions from his mother, who belonged to a family of La Vendee, assisted by a royalist who was concealed in her house, and who afterwards suffered death with Mallet, and an ecclesiastic. A mong the first books that he read were the works of Polybius and Tacitus.
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In the dark world of medieval Paris, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral heroically fights to save the life of a beautiful Gypsy girl about to be unjustly executed. Told with simple vocabulary and set in large type, this adaptation of the classic tale is perfectly suited for young readers.About the Author:
Victor Hugo (1802–1885) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and perhaps the most influential exponent of the Romantic movement in France. His best-known works are the novels Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
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