Victor Hugo: Les Misérables (2298 words)

Fiona Cox (University of Exeter)
Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Tweet Report an Error


Related Groups

The appearance of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables in 1862 was one of the most extraordinary publishing sensations of literary history. The public had been well prepared in advance for this magnum opus from the man considered to be the greatest living writer. Hugo himself had engineered a massive advertising campaign in which he presented himself as the nineteenth-century Dante creating hell out of reality rather than poetry, and in which he promoted his work as the social and historical drama of the nineteenth century.

The socialism of Les Misérables directly underpins its spectacular sales history from even before the official launch. It was published in five parts – “Fantine”, “Cosette”, “…

Citation: Cox, Fiona. "Les Misérables". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 April 2008 [, accessed 26 October 2021.]

11234 Les Misérables 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here