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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885). French novelist and playwright.
Autograph Letter Signed to Hippolyte Cogniard, director of the Théâtre de la Port Saint-Martin, 1 page 8vo with address-leaf, [Paris], Tuesday 31 August [1841]. Annotated by the recipient 'a satisfaire'.

Asking for a box for Thursday or Friday that week for his wife, who is returning specially from the country in order to see Ruy Blas again.

Ruy Blas, first performed at the Théâtre de la Renaissance in 1838, was reprised in August 1841 at the Porte Saint-Martin at the instigation of Marie Dorval, who asked to play the role of Marie de Neubourg. In 1845 Gautier published an article describing the play as the finest since Le Cid, and stating that it should form part of the repertoire of the Comédie-Française (this did not happen until 1879). After Hugo's return from exile in 1872, the play was revived again, with Sarah Bernhardt in the role of the queen. It inspired music by Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Schumann.
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