Victor Hugo

Graham Robb

‘One of the best biographies I have read, ever’ Selina Hastings

‘Robb achieves the goal of all good literary biographies by making us long to regain, or savour for the first time, Hugo’s company as a writer. Surely no chronicler of his life or analyst of his work has ever looked this prodigy of nature so unflinchingly in the eye’ Jonathan Keates, Literary Review

‘Graham Robb’s exuberant biography of the French writer blows the cobwebs away from a neglected hero and sets him before us in lurid and quite unforgettable shape. Robb’s jaunty, self-confident style is gloriously appropriate to his subject . . . Robb’s enthusiasm is hugely exhilarating and his biography is a fascinating study in the making of a celebrity’ Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times, Books of the Year

 

Genre: Non-Fiction
ISBN: 978033037145203
Published: 08/10/1998

Graham Robb

Graham Robb

Graham Robb was born in Manchester in 1958 and is a former Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He has published widely on French literature and history, including biographies of Victor Hugo (which won the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Award and the Whitbread Biography Award in 1997) and Rimbaud (shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2000). The Discovery of France won both the Duff Cooper and Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prizes. His most recent book, Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris, was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. He is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and lives on the English-Scottish border.

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