In an age full of great French writers like Honore Balzac, Gustave Flaubert, Emile Zola, and others, Victor-Marie Hugo (1802 1885) may have been the most renowned in his time. Hugo was a poet, playwright, novelist, artist, and human rights activist at the height of the Romantic movement in France. Hugo initially courted fame through his poetry, but now his novels and other lifetime achievements are best known. In particular, Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame are read the world over. Long considered a masterpiece, Les Miserables follows a bunch of French characters over the course of about 15 years during the early 19th century after Napoleon's defeat and the Restoration. This edition of Hugos Les Miserables is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and includes pictures of Hugo, his life and work.