Patrick McGuinness: Victor Hugo, 19 June 2003
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“... trembled; I stood on Aristotle’s milestone, And declared the words equal, free, and of age. (Monte’s translation) Hugo had an eccentric theory of genius (best seen in the visionary barminess of his book on Shakespeare), but he also knew how to appeal to the ordinary. He understood the symbolic dimension of politics, and made good use of it: the man ...”