12/31/2012 11:51 am ET Updated Mar 02, 2013

Take A Tour Of Victor Hugo's Paris | Travel | Smithsonian Magazine

Legend has it that Victor Hugo, the prolific French scribbler whose body of published work amounts to seven novels, 18 volumes of poetry and 21 plays, also holds the record for the world's shortest correspondence. In 1862, while in exile on the British Isle of Guernsey for speaking out against Napoleon III, Hugo telegrammed his publisher "?" demanding the reaction to the release of his latest novel, Les Misérables. The reply: "!"