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Title: Victor Hugo in the light of English criticism and opinion during the nineteenth century
Author: Bowley, Victor E. A.
Awarding Body: Queen Mary, University of London
Current Institution: Queen Mary, University of London
Date of Award: 1944
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in the following pages I have set out to discover what English critics of the nineteenth century thought of the works of Victor Hugo. It has not been the intention to study the extent to which the general public of the period were acquainted with his works either directly or through the medium of translations but to confine myself to an enquiry into the reactions of the more cultivated minds of the century to the writings of the great Frenchman. Indeed it would be futile to consider the influence of the works of Hugo on the English public generally during the nineteenth century for they had none. The poetical works were, in many cases, not made available to them until years after their original publications and even then only a small minority would be able to read them. There were some translations of the poems,eg Reynolds "Congo of Twilight" ("Les Chants du Crepuscule") but the translations were Inevitably but a poor shadow of the original. There were several adaptations of the plays but as I have shown in a previous thesis "Victor Hugo on the English Stage" most of them bore little resemblance except in a plot to the original work. In many cases the public did not even know nor were they always told, that the piece was founded on a drama by Hugo. The novels, of course, were much more widely ready by the general public.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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