About this site
Annotating Victor Hugo's Les MisÚrables is not meant to be an authoritative
or certifiably scholarly work on the subject--I created this page out of personal interest. This is a presentation of
gathered information, the correctness of which I do my best to verify.
Any brief quotations (I have no intention of reproducing
significant portions of the text here--for reasons of respecting copyright,
and for practical use of space) are taken from Les MisÚrables
Victor Hugo, translated by Isabel F. Hapgood. This version can be found
at the University
of Virginia Library, Electronic Text Center and other sites; it has
been chosen for this page primarily because it's publicly accessible. No
profit is being made from these "annotating" pages.
Site opened Feb. 6, 1998
I've barely begun. As you can see, I've simply picked a starting
point--not entirely at random--and will build from there. Additions
and corrections are always welcome.
Proper credit will be given.
Note: Arlene Harris has sent me some detailed info on the French
incarceration systems of the time. I haven't yet been able to put this
info onto this site, but in the meantime I would like to acknowledge her
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