Born: February 26, 1802
Died: May 22, 1885
Occupation: Author, poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, statesman
Biography: Victor Hugo, in full Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist who was the most well-known of all the French Romantic writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem.