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Jean Valjean

Questions on Dramatic Monologue

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Let's hypothesize a theater of solitude: a single character grappling with his own interminable discourse -- at intervals whispered and shouted; prosaic one moment, poetic or even epic the next. What is the status, in that case, of this voice that speaks nonstop?

Hugo Chávez and Victor Hugo

Norman MacAfee | Posted 05.08.2013 | World
Norman MacAfee

I knew that Gore had seen the musical of Les Misérables with his sister, who was dying of cancer. I knew that Chávez's favorite book was Les Misérables. So I put the two men together.

Obama Must Lead

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

There was no excuse for the president to shout from the rooftops about the dangers of sequester while not doing a thing to prevent it. Americans need jobs, not spin, and leaders, not photo ops.

Romany Malco Recreates Oscar-Nominated Best Actor Performances (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.26.2013 | Comedy
Shira Lazar

To round out our Academy Awards-themed week, actor Romany Malco ("Weeds", "40 Year-Old Virgin," "Think Like A Man") performs monologues from this ye...

A-Sides Music: My Heart's Full Of Love Over Les Mis

Jon Chattman | Posted 03.02.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

So many thoughts ran through my head the other day as I sat with my parents and waited for Les Misérables to start after 101 trailers that preceded i...

Les Miserables and Lincoln: They March to Freedom

Lonna Saunders | Posted 03.02.2013 | Entertainment
Lonna Saunders

What do Lincoln and Les Miserables have in common? Enjolras played by Aaron Tveit, a student leader of the June Rebellion in Les Miserables, belts it out.

Hugh Jackman's Workout Revealed

Posted 12.27.2012 | Entertainment

Hugh Jackman is known for being pretty jacked (sorry), but his turn in "Les Miserables" presented some new difficulties for the actor. As Jean Valjean...

WATCH: Here's A 'Les Mis' Video Game From The '90s

Posted 12.26.2012 | Comedy

Someone alert Wayne LaPierre: "Les Miserables" had a two-player fighter Japanese video game in 1998. Really. Evidently, Japan is surprisingly affec...

My Son, 'Les Miz,' and Me

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Lives have soundtracks. Les Miz is ours.

A Walk With Jean Valjean and Cosette

Lee Fahnestock | Posted 02.12.2013 | Books
Lee Fahnestock

The first of a series of walks by the translator of the first complete, modern edition of Victor Hugo's great novel, Les Misérables. Walk one: Jean Valjean leads Cosette to their first Paris home.

What Would Jean Valjean Do?

Joan Hinde Stewart | Posted 11.11.2013 | College
Joan Hinde Stewart

In depicting his hero's moral struggles, Victor Hugo delivers haunting insights into history and politics, greed and ingratitude, youthful passion and mature love, punishment and reform.

You: The Reality Distortion Field

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ali Binazir

Quantum mechanics says that by observing something, you change it. But what if that were also true of the macroscopic world of human relations?