How to be a Grandfather The Complete Edition - and other poems is translated from Victor Hugo's L'Art d'etre Grand-Pere and introduced by Timothy Ades. Victor Hugo remains France's greatest poet, perhaps greatest writer. He is kwn in the UK for his two famous vels in cinematic or musical versions: all the rest, including his vast output of wonderful poetry, is largely neglected. This was his last book of poetry. He had lost almost all his family except two little grandchildren. His musings on childhood, old age, politics, history, the natural and animal kingdoms, are poured into these rhymed verses with a torrential energy. Timothy Ades translates with rhyme and metre.