4 French Trailblazers Who Changed the World
Considered the greatest of all French poets, Hugo also gained renown as a novelist and introduced the historical novel into France. That was Notre-Dame de Paris (better known in English translation as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).
His Les Misérables has had a huge impact on artists, musicians, soldiers, politicians, other writers. It is the world’s most filmed novel. Its publication broke records and introduced change into the publishing industry. In his fabulous book The Novel of the Century, author David Bellos argues, with justification, that Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables was the most important novel of the 19th century.
Get to know the man behind the novel – why was he forced into exile in the Channel Islands? Why was his most famous novel, all about French history, not published in France? How did he create a tradition of school lunches? Learn about his larger-than-life personality, his lovers, children and homes.
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your Trailblazers series.
As a lifelong Francophone and Francophile, it was so interesting to get the whole story as it were, about your subjects. In each of your presentations, I learned a great deal that I didn’t know, and your information was spot on.
So I thank you so much for the opportunity to listen and learn.
Thank you for your most interesting and informative talk about Victor Hugo. It has stimulated me to get to the library and borrow one of his novels when I can of course.
I loved the lecture, it was so wonderful to be back. I have resisted zoom as I felt I spent too much time on screens. However, being back listening to Susannah’s fantastic lectures was marvellous. I can’t wait until next Monday.
We simply loved last night’s talk, we were listening intently and making notes of new places to visit once “it’s all over.”
Your talk on Victor Hugo was – as expected – brilliant. Yes, his house on Guernsey is extraordinary (I was there in 2015).
I enjoyed your talk on Victor Hugo very much, especially as I have been to his house in Place des Vosges, which I found remarkable. I had booked a trip to visit the house in the Channel Islands but Covid intervened.
Thank you very much for your Zoom meeting on Victor Hugo yesterday. As is always the case, your presentation was excellent and I much enjoyed being enlightened further on his works and his life.
I look forward to next week’s lecture on Paul Cezanne.
You make your authors and their story come to life for me. I am so appreciative! I’ve watched your videos from RACV, Tea with a Book Addict and now your new series. As I live in Melbourne with so many restrictions, you have been the face I have seen most frequently, I count myself very lucky!
Thank you so much for the delightful talk on Victor Hugo yesterday. It was packed with so many interesting facts and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.
Thank you for your wonderful talk yesterday. My friend Jan who watched with me said “now I know why you go on those trips”.