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SWINBURNE, Algernon (1837-1919). Poet.

SWINBURNE,, Algernon 1837-1919. Poet

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Autograph Letter Signed ("A.C. Swinburne") to "Messieurs" [the Paris committee which was organising celebrations in honour of Victor Hugo's 80th birthday].

1 page 8vo in French with integral blank leaf, The Pines, Putney Hill, 21 February 1881.

Trans: "I will always be proud and happy at the honour you have done me in associating my name with the celebration of the man who will cause those who come after us to always call our century 'The Century of Victor Hugo'."

Hugo's 80th birthday was on 26 February 1882, a year after this letter was written, so the Committee was giving itself ample time to plan what was in effect a national celebration in honour of France's greatest living writer. One of the ways in which Hugo was honoured was the changing of the name of the street where he had lived for several years from the Avenue d'Eylau to the Avenue Victor Hugo.Swinburne deeply admired Hugo, and often referred to him as "the Master". A year after Hugo's death in 1885 he published a penetrating study of his life and work.

Stock Code: 6304