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Welcome to the website for "The Les Misérables Reading Companion," where you'll find all the episodes of this podcast about Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, plus extras relating to what I've discussed there. 

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Episode 24 extras

Jun 19, 2018

Here's a pen and ink drawing of Gavroche, drawn by Victor Hugo himself. The writing at the bottom says "Gavroche, at 11 years old."


I've added Gavroche's stomping grounds, per the first paragraph of chapter 13 (III,1,xiii), to our Google map, the first marker in the layer for Part III.


Here is an early representation of the gamin de Paris, in Eugène Delacroix's 1831 La Liberté guidant le peuple / Liberty Leading the People:


Here are a few images of Marianne, the most common allegorical representation of the French Republic:


Artist anonymous, on display in the French Senate building



French Government Logo



At the start of the Third Republic (1871)


Brigitte Bardot as Marianne in 1969


And a couple of images of Joseph Bara, the drummer in the Revolutionary army who became a gamin-like symbol of the nation:

La Mort de Bara (The Death of Bara), Jean-Joseph Weerts, 1880


Marble Sculpture by David d'Angers, 1838 (source)


For those who may be interested here is a book with a lot more information about child abandonment in 19th century France.

And here is more info about the film I mentioned, Les Enfants du Paradis / Children of Paradise (1945)