Book Resources

Notes and Variants

Notes, variants, outtakes, deleted scenes, draft material, snippets, fragments, call them what you will. These have been compiled from Maurice Allem's annotated version of the book, which includes a great number of them in the footnotes. I've tried to translate them wherever possible, but a great deal of my French is self-taught and there are bound to be inaccuracies. Feel free to send me angry emails pointing them out if you find them.

Historical Revolutionary Organizations

Hugo based the Société des Amis de l'ABC on a real republican group that existed at roughly the same period, the Société des Amis du Peuple, or Friends of the People. Reproduced below are several articles and pamphlets published by the Society, miscellaneous bits and pieces relating to the insurrection of 1832, and excerpts from Jill Harsin's Barricades: The War of the Streets in Revolutionary Paris, 1830-1848. Most of the primary sources in this section are from Vol. 2 of a collection entitled Les Révolutions du XIXe siècle.

Parisian Geography

Legible, digital maps of Paris in the 1820s and 30s are hard to come by, which is a shame because the Paris of Les Misérables was a very different place from the Paris of today. Some places have been demolished, especially in Haussmann's reconstructions in the 1850s; others have been renamed; others still exist but are difficult to find. In this section are a handful of maps of varying degrees of legibility, plus some information and a few off-site resources.

Supplements to the Student Edition

The final volume of the Pocket Classiques edition of the novel--yes, the French version available on Amazon with the hideous orange covers--contains a grab bag of supplemental material for students. Some of it is boring, outdated, or stuff you might already know; some of it is interesting, useful, or just plain funny.