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Real-life Quasimodo uncovered in Tate archive

Posted on Wednesday, 18 August, 2010 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A new discovery has revealed what could be the real-life inspiration behind the Victor Hugo character Quasimodo.

Clues have emerged via the memoirs of 19th-century British sculptor Henry Sibson who recalls a hunched back stonemason working at Notre Dame cathedral at around the time the book was written.

"With his hunched back and deformed face, Quasimodo, the tragic hero of Victor Hugo's novel The Hunch Back of Notre Dame, has always been considered a mythical creation drawn from the depths of the author's imagination."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado on 18 August, 2010, 13:56
Hmmm........his face rings a bell.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Still Waters on 18 August, 2010, 13:59
Hmmm........his face rings a bell. Good one!
Comment icon #3 Posted by LadyBlue on 24 August, 2010, 8:30
It is really amazing to find out that Hugo made his story (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)out of an inspiration from a real person. It is one of the best in literature.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters on 24 August, 2010, 12:00
It is really amazing to find out that Hugo made his story (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)out of an inspiration from a real person. It is one of the best in literature. I remember watching an old black and white film on TV of The Hunch Back of Notre Dame. I wasn't very old at the time and it was the first time I'd seen him. Well he frightened the life out of me, so much so I was scared to go to bed afterwards. It's just as well I didn't know at the time that he was based on a real person!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Pezmo on 24 August, 2010, 21:27
Thank God he wasn't around in the dark ages, He probably would of been killed by the peasant folk.

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