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Hugo, Victor. (1802-1885)
Actes et paroles II: Pendant l'exil" - INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY TO HIS SECRETARY
Calmann Lévy, Paris, 1880. Second volume in the Actes et paroles collection, subtitled Pendant l'exil,' ("During Exile"), inscribed on the half title by the author to his personal secretary Richard Lesclide.  8vo.  536 pp., half red leather with five raised bands over red marbled boards, original wrappers support backed and bound in with light chipping to edges, scattered foxing throughout, else in fine condition.Richard Lesclide (1825-1892) was a man of letters, a journalist, an editor, and Victor Hugo's secretary for the last ten years of the author's life.  In 1885, he published Propos de table de Victor Hugo ("Discussions at Victor Hugo's Table"). In addition to his career as an author, Victor Hugo was a prominent politician and advocate for social and political reform.  His stances, often reflected in his work, included abolishing the death penalty and ending poverty.  When Napoleon III seized power in 1851, Hugo declared him a traitor to France and went into exile, living in Guernsey for the next fifteen years.  Exile would prove no large setback to Hugo's authorial career, for it was during this period that he would write Les Misérables.  Actes et Paroles, a collection of Hugo's political speeches from 1841-1876, began publication a few years after his 1870 return to France.  The three volumes included Avant l'exil, 1841-1851; Pendant l'exil, 1852-1870; and Depuis l'exil, 1870-1876. [Attributes: In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Schubertiade Music [Newton, MA, U.S.A.]
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