Les Miserables (the book). The crown pinnacle of Western literature.
A Night in Granada by Claude Debussy. I first heard this piece when I was, say, 10 or 11 at a piano recital given by an older teenager. Debussy lived in the late 1800s. Jazz musicians today are still playing his music. If Debussy were alive, he would love bebop.
** someone please translate Hugos' poetry from French into English so that the rest of us may enjoy it