The Hunchback of Notre Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris) is an 1831 French novel written by Victor Hugo. It is set in 1482 in Paris, in and around the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. The book tells the story of a poor Gypsy girl (La Esmeralda) and a misshapen bell-ringer (Quasimodo) who was raised by the archdeacon (Claude Frollo). The book was written as a statement to preserve the Notre Dame cathedral and not to 'modernize' it, as Hugo was thoroughly against.
Hugo finished the book just as he was running out of ink. This tempted him to title the work What There Is in a Bottle of Ink. He eventually decided against it and called the book Notre-Dame de Paris. English translations of the book are often titled The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which have led some to believe that Quasimodo is the main character. Hugo never liked this title, preferring the original Notre-Dame de Paris. He gave this title because he considered the cathedral itself to be the main "character" of the story. The story takes place around and inside the church, and Hugo spent much time describing the building as well as decrying its abandonment after the abuse it suffered during the French Revolution. (During the Revolution, the church had been viewed as a symbol of the old regime and was pillaged and vandalized by angry mobs.)
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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Signet Classics)
|The Limited Editions Club 1st Hardcover edition, Date published 1955, Illustrated by Bernard Lamotte, 480 pages|
|Translated by Jessie Haynes. Introduction by Justin O'Brien. Color illustrations by Bernard Lamotte, who signed the Colophon. Pictorial illustrated buckram covered boards with black leather spine label stamped in gilt. Text composed and set at the shop of Joh. Enschede en Zonen in Haarlem, Holland, and printed by the George Grady Press in New York. Note: The LEC produced editions of this work in 1930 as a 2 volume softcover, and in 1955. This is the 1955 edition.||
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