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Jules Verne
Jules Gabriel Verne (French: [ʒyl vɛʁn]) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction. Verne was born to bourgeois parents in the seaport of Nantes, where he was trained to follow in his... show more
Jules Gabriel Verne (French: [ʒyl vɛʁn]) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction.

Verne was born to bourgeois parents in the seaport of Nantes, where he was trained to follow in his father's footsteps as a lawyer, but quit the profession early in life to write for magazines and the stage. His collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel led to the creation of the Voyages Extraordinaires, a widely popular series of scrupulously researched adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days.

Verne is generally considered a major literary author in France and most of Europe, where he has had a wide influence on the literary avant-garde and on surrealism. His reputation is markedly different in Anglophone regions, where he has often been labeled a writer of genre fiction or children's books, not least because of the highly abridged and altered translations in which his novels are often reprinted.

Verne has been the second most-translated author in the world since 1979, between the English-language writers Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare, and probably was the most-translated during the 1960s and 1970s. He is one of the authors sometimes called "The Father of Science Fiction", as are H. G. Wells and Hugo Gernsback.
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Birth date: 1828-02-08
Died: 1905-03-24
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Romance and other things
Romance and other things rated it 3 months ago
Five Union prisoners escape from the siege of Richmond in a balloon, are blown off course and crash on an uncharted island. They must learn to rebuild a society for themselves while awaiting rescue. Review: Dear readers, Even after living in the US for two decades, I cannot quite figure out whether ...
Calyre
Calyre rated it 9 months ago
Le mur murant Paris rend Paris murmurant.Il y avait un journal arabe, La Sentinelle du Sahara, que les plaisants du jour appelaient un journal hebdromadaire!
Lillelara
Lillelara rated it 10 months ago
What I learned from this book: travelling by train is far more dangerous and troubling than travelling by boat. What happens to Phileas Fogg and his group during their train travels is insane. About halfway through the book I switched to the audiobook, narrated by Jim Dale, and this choice has bee...
The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it 11 months ago
That was awesome! I love when these classics turn out to be addictive page-turners. Even though I knew Fogg had to triumph, I admit I had several moments of true anxiety, so double points. Into the podium of Verne's favorites it goes. Now, what do I do with this furious raging of my wanderlust?
BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it 12 months ago
This is a short story that was originally attributed to Jules Verne but was in all likelihood written by his son Michel. As a story, this is all over the place and serves as a mere collection of headlines of what inventions have been made by the year 2889 to make life easier. There is no plot, no ...
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