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There are many editions and translations of Les Miserables to choose from. The Charles E Wilbour translation is one of the original translations from the 1860s. Modern Library and Everyman Library both use this translation. Another classic translation was done by Isabel Hapgood. To my knowledge there are no in-print editions with this translation, however, it is what appears most often on the web.
The Signet Classics edition, translated by Lee Fahnestock, is based on the Charles E Wilbour translation, but updated with a more modern English. I highly recommend either one of these editions.
There are problems with the Penguin Classics translation. Most importantly, it is abridged. Not by much, but Norman Denny in his translator's preface makes it clear he decided to cut material he felt wasn't important to the novel. (He must have as large an ego as Hugo to feel he can make that decision) In addition, he moved two chapters to appendixes making it more difficult to read the novel as Hugo intended. I don't recommend this edition.
I am less knowledgeable about the various translations of Notre Dame de Paris (usually titled Hunchback of Notre Dame in English). I chose this recent edition primarily since Graham Robb provided an introduction, which I consider a mark of approval He wrote an excellent biography of Hugo, and if he feels this edition is worthy, I'm not one to argue.
It's next to impossible to find Victor Hugo's poetry in English. This is the only in-print edition I know. It contains 400 pages, but has both the English and the French, so it is closer to 200 pages of poetry. It barely scratches the surface of Hugo's life work, but it does well what it was designed for. It includes poems from all periods of Hugo's life and shows his diversity from the Romantic to the political. It also provides significant notes on the poems. My only complaint is I want more of his poetry translated into Modern English, which isn't really a complaint against this volume. See a comparison of a translation from this collection to a translation of the same poem done in the late 1800s.
This novel was originally published in 1866, four years after Les Miserables. This is one of the original translations. I have not yet read it, but it is considered by some as one of Hugo's finer novels.
An excellent recent biography of Hugo.
A novelization of an episode from the PBS series Wishbone. This could be a good introduction to Hugo for young children.
Victor Hugo became a believer in Spiritism or "table-turning." He believed he had conversations with ghosts of a multitude of famous people along with other entities. Hugo wrote down many of these conversations, and these are some of them.
A scholarly look at the authors mentioned in the title. I have not read this, but Brombert is well-respected by others.
A 1998 edition of the novel is already listed as "Out of Stock". However, this unabridged audio version is available, though expensive. Ninety-Three was Hugo's last novel, and was centered around the French Revolution of 1793. Personally I'd advise searching used bookstores for the paperback.
The French Governmnet commissioned master sculptor Auguste Rodin to create a monument to Victor Hugo. This is the story of that monument, which is longer and more turbulent than what one might expect While Rodin finished the plaster of the monument in 1897, the first bronze cast was not made until 1964.
And if you're willing to pre-order and wait:
There were translations done in the late 19th Century of this work that can still be found on auction sites and in used book stores. However, if you want a modern translation, you will apparently need to wait until 2006.
In the late 1800s early 1900s, several sets were published with the title "The Works of Victor Hugo." There was a 10 volume set and a 20 volume set which several publishers produced in almost identical versions.
The contents of the 10 volume set were (with some variation):
You can usually find these sets, in part and in whole, in various conditions on the various internet auction sites. You may also find a 1-volume set published by Walter J Black, 1928. This contains a small collection of poetry, Hunchback of Notre Dame, "Stories of Crime" and "Essays on Humanity." "Stories of Crime" are actually a collection of short storys and novellas including Claude Gueux and Last Days of a Condemned Man "Essays on Humanity" contains several essays, including Capital Punishment It's not a bad collection for one volume.
Often in the subject line on the auction sites you'll see the words, "Works of Victor Hugo," and you'll open the link and find there is only one or two books from the set. (And since some of Hugo's novels are split among volumes, they won't even be complete novels). Obviously, make sure you know what you're bidding on.