Dimensions: 1232 pages, 8.1 × 5.3 × 2.1 in
Published: December 25, 2012
Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1846140498
ISBN - 13: 9781846140495
From the Publisher
In time for the 150th anniversary of "Les Miserables" and a star-studded film adaptation, a stunning edition of Victor Hugo's masterpiece Victor Hugo's timeless story of injustice, heroism, and love in nineteenth-century Paris comes to Penguin Classics in an eye-catching new hardcover edition with cover art by Coralie Bickford-Smith. Wildly popular since its first publication in 1862, "Les Miserables "comes to theaters this December in a new film adaptation with a stellar cast that includes Hugh Jackman as the intrepid Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as the relentless policeman Javert. Penguin Classics' beautiful edition makes a wonderful gift for longtime fans of the Broadway musical and introduces a new generation of readers to one of the most important novels ever written.
This gorgeous hardcover edition features the widely celebrated and eminently readable translation by Norman Denny.
About the Author
Victor Hugo, born in 1802 in Besancon, France, was one of the leading French authors of the Romantic movement. Although he originally studied law, Hugo dreamed of writing. In 1819, he founded the journal Conservateur Litteraire as an outlet for his dream and soon produced volumes of poetry, plays, and novels. Hugo's most notable works include The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables. Published in 1831, The Hunchback of Notre Dame appealed to the public's consciousness concerning society and the treatment of outcasts. It was with the publication of Les Miserables in 1862 that Hugo gained international fame. Another tale of outcasts, this story follows the life of Jean Valjean, a man imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. After his release from prison, Valjean is hunted by the policeman Javert. Full of intricate details, the story also describes the famous Battle of Waterloo. (Hugo's father had been an officer in Napoleon's army.) Both of these works have been adapted for the stage and screen many times. These adaptations include the Walt Disney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the award-winning musical sensation Les Miserables. In addition to his literary career, Hugo also held political office. In 1841, he was elected to the Academie Francaise. After political upheaval in 1851, he was exiled and remained so until 1870. He returned to Paris in 1871 and was elected to the National Assembly, though he soon resigned. During Hugo's life, he had suff