Books
  • Victor Hugo on Things That Matter
    Yale University Press, 2010
xxii, 491 pages, 26 b/w illus.
Price: $62.00
ISBN: 978-0300122459

    Victor Hugo’s work, so modern in vision, still compels. In Victor Hugo on Things That Matter, Marva Barnett invites English speakers who read French to engage with the thoughts, feelings, and art of a literary genius—and with the beauty and power of his original French. Hugo’s arguments against the death penalty are those used today. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame perennially inspires filmmakers. Les Misérables  remains a popular favorite, both as Hugo’s novel and as the world’s longest-running musical.  But these are just a few waves in the Hugolian sea of ideas. Hugo called geniuses “men-oceans,” saying that looking into their souls was tantamount to plumbing the depths of the sea. With this book, readers ...

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  • Lettres inédites de Juliette Drouet à Victor Hugo
    Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2012
271 pages
15 euros
ISBN: 978-2877755481

    For over fifty years Victor Hugo’s lover and friend, former actress Juliette Drouet, wrote him about 22,000 letters, sometimes as many as five a day. In Lettres inédites de Juliette Drouet à Victor Hugo, Gérard Pouchain (specialist in both Drouet and Hugo) and Marva Barnett published and annotated for the first time 105 of Juliette’s letters found in these American libraries: the Pierpont Morgan Rare Book Library, Yale University’s Beinecke Library. Harvard University’s Houghton Library, and the University of Syracuse Library.

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