Adèle Hugo: La Misérable ePub download by Leslie Smith Dow

Adèle Hugo: La Misérable

Goose Lane Editions
Publication date: July 2016
ISBN: 9780864929549
Digital Book format: ePub (DRM-Free)

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When Victor Hugo died in 1885, the world was shocked to discover that he had a lone survivor: his daughter Adèle, incarcerated in an asylum for insane gentlewomen. Adèle Hugo was an accomplished, intelligent, and ambitious young woman whose potential shrank with every year she spent under her tyrannical father's roof. At thirty-three, she fell desperately in love with an English soldier who quickly lost interest in everything about her except her money. Her obsession with him proved her undoing. In Adèle Hugo: La Misérable, Leslie Smith Dow recounts Adèle's nine-year pursuit of her unwilling lover from Guernsey to Halifax to Barbados, her return to her father's sphere by a former slave, and the progressive schizophrenia that finally incapacitated her. Smith Dow bases Adèle's stranger-than-fiction history on her bizarre diaries, her family's letters, and the testimony of eyewitnesses. In this new ebook-only edition, Leslie Smith Dow updates the saga of Adèle Hugo with the fascinating mystery of a painting attributed to the Impressionist master Édouard Manet. This painting came to light in an online auction around 2004. After the purchaser contacted Smith Dow for her opinion, the author and the painting's new owner set out to determine whether the subject of the painting was Adèle Hugo, and whether it was indeed painted by Manet. Smith Dow's new afterword recounts their sleuthing in dramatic style.
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