Victor Hugo Autograph

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Autograph letter signed, one page (addressed & postmarked on a conjoined sheet), 5,25 x 7,5 inch, Paris, 30.05.1843, in French, to Eugène Balleyguier (1818-1898, French writer, art critic and Journalist - born in Loudun) - concerning a misfortune* and his article on the Book of the Rhine**, written and signed in black ink "Victor Hugo", attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with a photograph of Hugo seated in a chair (altogether 11,75 x 8,25 inch), with intersecting letter folds and mild soiling - in fine condition. 

"Le malheur ne nous laisse respirer et entre à chaque instant dans notre maison; cependant, Monsieur, si douloureusement préoccupé que je sois, je veux vous envoyer un serrement de main. J`ai lu votre beau et bon article sur le livre du Rhin, et je veux que vous sachiez, à quel point les marques de votre cordiale sympathie me sont précieuses. 
   Agréez, Monsieur, avec tous mes remerciements, l`assurance de mes sentiments les plus distingués.
   Victor Hugo - 30 mai"

"The Misfortune does not let us breathe and enters our house at every moment; However, Sir, as painfully concerned as I am, I want to send you a handshake. I read your beautiful and good article on the Book of the Rhine, and I want you to know how precious the marks of your cordial sympathy are to me. 
   Please accept, Sir, with all my thanks, the assurance of my most distinguished feelings.
      Victor Hugo - May 30"

* The Misfortune of which Hugo speaks refers to the death of Charles Isidore Vacquerie, father of Charles Vacquerie and son-in-law of Hugo since his marriage to Leopoldine on February 15, 1843.

** The first edition of `Le Rhin` is an 1842 travel guide written by Victor Hugo. Similar to Mark Twain's writings about the Mississippi, it includes many stories about the Rhine river. It ends with a political manifesto.

Further Information on the person

(1802-1885) French poet, playwright, novelist and essayist.

Year of Birth: 1802

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Victor Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist who is considered one of the greatest French writers of all time. Born on February 26, 1802 in Besançon, France, Hugo grew up in a family of distinguished royalists and artists. His mother was a devoted Catholic and his father was a general in Napoleon's army, giving him a unique upbringing that would greatly influence his works.

Hugo first gained literary acclaim with his poetry, winning a prestigious French poetry prize at the age of 20. He soon turned his attention to writing novels, including classics such as "Les Misérables" and "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame". These works are known for their powerful themes of social justice, love, and redemption.

Throughout his life, Hugo was heavily involved in politics and used his writing as a platform to advocate for his beliefs. He was a staunch supporter of liberalism and democracy, and was exiled from France for his political views during the reign of Napoleon III. Despite this, Hugo continued to write and produce influential works from his exile in Guernsey.

Victor Hugo's impact on French literature cannot be overstated. His works continue to be studied and celebrated to this day, and his contributions to the Romantic movement have left a lasting legacy. Hugo died on May 22, 1885 in Paris, France, but his influence lives on through his timeless writing.

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