"So long as ignorance and poverty exist on earth, books of the nature of Les Misérables cannot fail to be of use,” says Victor Hugo in the preface of his famous novel. Certainly, Les Misérables is French history recounted through the personal stories of its main characters. The tale offers philosophical insight on the good deeds that can happen even amid ignorance and poverty. This handsome leather-bound volume is a beautiful addition to any classic literature library with specially designed endpapers, gilded edges, and a ribbon bookmark so you never lose your place.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885), novelist, poet, and dramatist, is one of the most important of French Romantic writers. Among his best-known works are The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831) and Les Miserables (1862). Kenneth C. Mondschein received his Ph.D in History from Fordham University, with expertise in Western history from antiquity to the present, and specializations in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, global expansion and colonization, and the history of science and technology. He lives in Massachusetts. Isabel Florence Hapgood (1851-1928) was an American writer and translator.