Correspondence with Emile Deschanel (1819-1904)

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Deschanel was an academic, writer and politician, and great friend of Hugo. He went into exile in Brussels after Napoleon's coup. He returned to France in 1859 and became editor of the Journal des Débats. He started a political career in 1876 and sat in the National Assembly until 1881, when he resigned to take a professorship at the Collège de France. He was however elected senator for life the same year. He was also the father of Paul Deschanel (1855-1922), president of the Republic in 1920.