National Geographic : 1938 Mar
Photograph by B.Anthony Stewart FROM THIS STUDY WINDOW EXILED VICTOR HUGO'S SEARCHING EYE VISIONED JEAN VALJEAN Standing in the glass room atop Hauteville House, his Guernsey home for 14 years, the great novelist wrote Les Miserables and other famous works (page 396). He never seated himself while writing. Ink dried slowly in those days and he would place sheet after sheet, as they camefrom his pen, along the window ledge or on the steps. Gazing out over the little town of St. Peter Port and the sea, on a clear day he could see the shoreline of his beloved France (pages 387-8).