The Hunchback of Notre Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris, "Notre-Dame of Paris") is a novel first published in 1831 by the prolific French author Victor Hugo. It is set in 1482 in and around the Cathedral.
The enormous popularity of the novel in France spurred the nascent historical preservation movement in that country and strongly encouraged Gothic revival architecture. Ultimately it helped to preserve Notre Dame Cathedral, where much of the story is based, in its contemporary state.
- If it could be granted to us, the men of 1830, to mingle in thought with those Parisians of the fifteenth century, and to enter with them, jostled, elbowed, pulled about, into that immense hall of the palace, which was so cramped on that sixth of January, 1482, the spectacle would not be devoid of either interest or charm, and we should have about us only things that were so old that they would seem new.
- Book 1
- Oh! que no suis-je de pierre comme toi!
- Oh, why am I not of stone, like you?
- Book 9, chapter 4
- When they tried to detatch this skeleton from the one it embraced, it crumbled to dust.
- Book 11