Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables is a sprawling 1500-page tale of tragedy, strife and redemption. This novel, initially scorned by French critics as immoral, overly sentimental and traitorous to the regime, is now considered one of the greatest literary works of the nineteenth century.

The handwritten page reproduced here shows a sampling of the amount of work Hugo put in to craft Les Misérables. And it is not just the front cover of our Victor Hugo, Les Misérables journal that pays tribute to his most enduringly popular piece of writing. Prominently displayed on the back cover is a piece of art as iconic as the writing itself: the sketch of Cosette drawn by French illustrator Émile Bayard for the novel’s first edition.


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    • Hi Connie,

      Thank you! We are thrilled to be able to include both the text and the imagery from the story on our Victor Hugo design.

      And we’re so glad to hear that you are enjoying our Journal Prompts App! If you have any suggestions for how we can improve and add to it in future versions, please feel free to email us at

      All the best,
      The Paperblanks® Team

  1. This journal looks absolutely brilliant! It has a very inspiring feel to it, and I definitely can’t wait to get one! Is there word on when it will become available?


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