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Google Doodle Celebrates Victor Hugo and Les Misérables

Google celebrates the life and times of the French author

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Updated:June 30, 2017, 1:02 PM IST
Google Doodle Celebrates Victor Hugo and Les Misérables
Anne Hathaway holds her Oscar for "Les Miserables" (Image courtesy: Reuters)
Google Doodle is Celebrating Victor Hugo today, remembering the great French poet, author and activist on the publishing anniversary of the last chapter of Les Misérables – one of his greatest literary works that highlighted social injustice, liberation, and uprising.

The google doodle today on depicts Victor Hugo’s literary journey marking three major years of his life:

  • 1831 for releasing Notre-Dame de Paris – a gothic novel

  • 1856 for Les Contemplations – a collection of 6 poetry books

  • 1862 for Les Misérables – a novel divided into 5 volumes

Here are 12 interesting facts about Victor Hugo’s life:

  1. Born in 1802, Victor Hugo released his first novel at the age of 21


  1. The 1862 novel Les Misérables took 17 years to complete and is regarded as one of the longest novels in the world.


  1. Les Misérables was adapted by its namesake movie featuring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. The movie won three Oscars in 2012.


  1. Victor Hugo was a great dramatist and his play Préface de Cromwell is regarded as the manifesto of the Romantic Movement.


  1. The acclaimed writer was a political heavyweight too, and was elected to the French National Assembly at the age of 46.


  1. One of the revolutionary writers of his times, Victor Hugo was exiled for 10 years for his vocal support for press freedom and political views.


  1. He returned to France in 1870 and founded the association Litteraire et Artistique Internationale that supported the rights of artists.


  1. Hugo’s 79th Birthday was celebrated with great revelry with a group of 5,000 musicians and attended by over half a million citizens outside Victor Hugo’s residence.


  1. His death too pulled crowds and his funeral procession took six hours to complete.


  1. The great writer was credited for numerous literary works even after his death in 1885, when he succumbed to pneumonia.


  1. Victor Hugo was declared a Saint during the Cao Dai Religious Movement in 1926 in Vietnam.

  2. As a tribute to this most celebrated writer-poet, the French government released Banknotes with his image, has streets & parks honored in his name and statues in various cities of France.

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