"He must have a look again at Victor Hugo, poet of Grandfatherhood. "


The French writer, Victor Hugo, is probably most well known for his novel, Les Misérables, covering the turbulent period in France’s history between 1815 and June 1832. Hugo became a committed Republican in his forties and lived in exile from the 1850s, only returning to his home country in 1870 when the Third Republic was declared.

The last book Hugo wrote was a collection of poems called L'Art d'être grand-père (How to be a Grandfather).  The book was inspired by his grandchildren, Georges and Jeanne, who he acted as legal guardian to after the death of both their parents.