Tuesday, January 01, 2013

News at Eleven: The first stop for any Hugophile in Paris

is undoubtedly the writer's home-turned-museum on the second floor of the Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée, where he lived from 1832 to 1848 with his wife Adèle and their four children. It was in this apartment, in the crimson-draped drawing room, that Hugo solidified his position as the father of French Romanticism. It is also the place where he wrote two collections of poetry, plays such as "Ruy Blas” and "Les Burgraves,” and a portion of Les Misérables. He started Les Mis in 1845 and worked for 17 years, spending the entire last year at Guernsey making corrections--eight hours a day--to the manuscript.

from Smithsonian: Take a Tour of Victor Hugo's Paris


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