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February 25, 2014

Hugo, Hernani, Hero

Victor Hugo    (1802 - 1885)

Victor Hugo
(1802 – 1885)

By Steve King

On this day in 1830 Victor Hugo’s Hernani premiered in Paris. Though the play is rarely read or staged now, the opening night is regarded as one of the most momentous in French theater history, part of a larger and most theatrical conflict between the new-wave bohemians in Hugo’s “Romantic Army” (these included Dumas, Balzac and Berlioz) and the old-guard Classicists — a conflict soon decisively won.

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