Name: Hugo, Marion Delorme

Date:  1800 - 1850

Location:  Europe

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion


Artist: Victor Marie Hugo

Confronting Bodies: Official censors of the King Charles X

Date of Action: 1829

Specific Location: France, Paris

Description of Artwork: The play "Marion Delorme" is about a French courtisan famous for her beauty and her many prestigious lovers. The play criticizes the King's ancestor Louis XIII.

Description of Incident: Performance of the play, Marion Delorme, was prohibited by the official censors because it showed Louis XIII as a "weak, superstitious and cruel prince", and this depiction might provoke public maleviolence and lead to the disparagement of Charles X.

Results of Incident: Hugo appealed to the King. A royal veto sustained the prohibition; but Charles offered to raise the poet's pension from 2,000 to 6,000 francs. After Charles was removed by the Revolution of 1830, the play was produced at the Theatre Francais and published for the first time, in 1831.

Source: Banned Books, Anne Lyon Haight, RR Bowker Co., NY,1978

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