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François-Victor (left), Charles (right) and Victor Hugo (middle) at Juliette Drouet's house in Guernsey. The photo was taken by Auguste Vacquerie.

Toilers of the Sea -- Victor Hugo, c1900, romance on Island of Guernsey, involving shipwreck and salvage

'Toilers of the Sea' -- Victor Hugo, c1900, romance on Island of Guernsey, involving shipwreck and salvage 'Toilers of the Sea' (French: Les Travailleurs de la Mer) is a novel dedicated to the island of Guernsey, where Hugo spent 19 years in exile. Hugo uses the setting of a small island community to transmute seemingly mundane events into drama of the highest calibre.

Victor Hugo with his chers enfants pauvres, by Arsene Garnier, Hauteville House, Guernsey, 1868