Napoleon the Little

Victor Hugo

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Napoleon the Little is a pamphlet that was written by Victor Hugo in 1852. It is a criticism of the rule and politics of Napoleon III, who was the first president of France, and ruled from 1848 to 1852. In 1851, he had established an anti-parliamentary constitution, which led Hugo to call him a traitor to France. The author left his home country to go to Belgium, and then moved to Jersey, but was expelled from there after supporting a newspaper critical of Queen Victoria. The political pamphlet was significant in its criticism because of how famous Victor Hugo was. Obviously a banned document, it was still read widely at secret meetings after being smuggled into France. The work is split into 8 'books'.

Part of Anne Haight's List of Banned Books.

This book has 74,105 words, 161 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1852. This translation was published in 1909 by Little, Brown, and Company.

Production notes: This ebook of Napoleon the Little was published by Global Grey on the 11th September 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Napoleon III' by Alexandre Cabanel.

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