Victor Hugo

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Eva Mendes: Hunchback Inspired Our Baby's Name

She and Ryan Gosling love Esmeralda from the French novel

(Newser) - New parents Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are, it seems, big fans of Victor Hugo's novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame—such big fans, in fact, that they named their daughter after one of its characters, People reports. "We both love the Esmeralda character … and we just... More »

The Real Quasimodo Discovered

Historical hunchback was stonemason, not bell-ringer

(Newser) - There really was a hunchback of Notre Dame, the newly discovered memoirs of a 19th-century sculptor have revealed. References to a hunchback stonemason in the diaries of Henry Sibson, a British sculptor who went to Paris to work on the restoration of Notre Dame around the time Victor Hugo penned... More »

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