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Patronage Of Literature

When Victor Hugo was an aspirant for the honours of the French Academy,

and called on M. Royer Collard to ask his vote, the sturdy veteran

professed entire ignorance of his name. "I am the author of Notre Dame

de Paris, Les Derniers Jours d'un Condamne, Bug-Jargal, Marian

Delorme, &c." "I never heard of any of them," said Collard. "Will you

do me the honour of accepting a copy of my works?" said Victor Hugo. "I

never read new books," was the cutting reply.

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