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Famous People In Literature

Victor Hugo (#104)

Victor Hugo was not only a great writer, poet and playwright; he was also a political activist. He was not beyond critiquing the French King in his plays. And his support of democratic reforms resulted in he expulsion from France for 14 years. Life’s tragic injustices were made human by the writer in the character of Quasimodo, an ugly and kind-hearted hunchback, in the novel Notre Dame de Paris. [7 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Their titles include novelist, playwright, poet and essayist. But they are also known as social activist, pacifist, reformer, human rights activist and humorist. Famous People in Literature examines literary giants who left a legacy of works that remain required reading in the classroom. Their writings were often a vivid depiction of everyday life and attitudes of the era. Each program in the series explores the most historic developments, significant contributions, important benchmarks and major turning points during these incredible lives.

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