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    Victor Hugo: An Influential Life of Political Passion

    All is a ruin where rage knew no bounds:
    Chio is levelled, and loathed by the hounds,
    For shivered yest'reen was her lance;
    Sulphurous vapors envenom the place

    Where her true beauties of Beauty's true race
    Were lately linked close in the dance. ~The Greek Boy, 1828

    When it comes to French literature, one name is frequently the first to come to mind: Victor Hugo. While he is known internationally for his famous novels, Les Misérables and Notre Dame de Paris (better known to many by its English translation and Disney-popularized title, The Hunchback of Notre Dame), he is widely known in his home country as a leading poet during the Romantic movement.

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