Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage

Edited by Tim Fisher and Anaïs Lellouche
Published by the State Library of Victoria
Paperback with jacket 112 pages Illustrations throughout ISBN 9780987608017

The catalogue for Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage, on show at the State Library of Victoria from 18 July to 9 November 2014, is a lasting souvenir of an unforgettable exhibition.

IIlustrated throughout with works from the exhibition, this illuminating book celebrates the evolution of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables from one of the greatest international novels of the 19th century into one of the most successful and beloved stage musicals of all time.

With insightful contributions by the exhibition curators, scholars and critics, the book focuses on the exhibition's key themes. It explores the political and social context of the novel, delves into its many adaptations since publication in 1862, and traces the development of the Boublil and Schönberg Les Misérables musical theatre phenomenon. The book also shines a light on the life, work and enduring legacy of Victor Hugo, and features images of Hugo’s original handwritten manuscript.

The catalogue includes two special illustrated insert features: 'A cast of characters', drawn from the novel, and 'A portrait of Paris', providing background on the mid-19th-century city.

Beautifully illustrated with rare works from the vast collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Maison de Victor Hugo, Maison Littéraire de Victor Hugo, Musée Carnavalet, Musée Rodin, the Cameron Mackintosh Archive and the State Library of Victoria, this book is an essential guide to the novel’s journey from page to stage.

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