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  • ISBN-13: 9780848112196
  • Publisher: Edcon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 56
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Jules Verne
Jules Verne
A legendary French author and pioneer of the science fiction genre, Jules Verne wrote visionary tales of space, air, and underwater adventure in classics like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869) and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

Biography

The creator of the roman scientifique, the popular literary genre known today as science fiction, Jules Gabriel Verne was born in the port town of Nantes, France, in 1828. His father, Pierre, was a prominent lawyer, and his mother, Sophie, was from a successful ship-building family. Despite his father's wish that he pursue law, young Jules was fascinated by the sea and all things foreign and adventurous. Legend holds that at age eleven he ran away from school to work aboard a ship bound for the West Indies but was caught by his father shortly after leaving port. Jules developed an abiding love of science and language from a young age. He studied geology, Latin, and Greek in secondary school, and frequently visited factories, where he observed the workings of industrial machines. These visits likely inspired his desire for scientific plausibility in his writing and perhaps informed his depictions of the submarine Nautilus and the other seemingly fantastical inventions he described.

After completing secondary school, Jules studied law in Paris, as his father had before him. However, during the two years he spent earning his degree, he developed more consuming interests. Through family connections, he entered Parisian literary circles and met many of the distinguished writers of the day. Inspired in particular by novelists Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas (father and son), Verne began writing his own works. His poetry, plays, and short fiction achieved moderate success, and in 1852 he became secretary of the Théâtre lyrique. In 1857 he married Honorine Morel, a young widow with two children. Seeking greater financial security, he took a position as a stockbroker with the Paris firm Eggly and Company. However, he reserved his mornings for writing. Baudelaire's recently published French translation of the works of Edgar Allan Poe, as well as the days Verne spent researching points of science in the library, inspired him to write a new sort of novel: the roman scientifique. His first such novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon, was an immediate success and earned him a publishing contract with the important editor Pierre-Jules Hetzel.

For the rest of his life, Verne published an average of two novels a year; the fifty-four volumes published during his lifetime, collectively known as Voyages Extraordinaires, include his best-known works, Around the World in Eighty Days and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Begun in 1865 and published to huge success in 1869, Twenty Thousand Leagues has been translated into 147 languages and adapted into dozens of films. The novel also holds the distinction of describing a submarine twenty-five years before one was actually constructed. As a tribute to Verne, the first electric and nuclear submarines were named Nautilus. In 1872 Verne settled in Amiens with his family. During the next several years he traveled extensively on his yachts, visiting such locales as North Africa, Gibraltar, Scotland, and Ireland. In 1886 Verne's mentally ill nephew shot him in the leg, and the author was lame thereafter. This incident, as well as the tumultuous political climate in Europe, marked a change in Verne's perspective on science, exploration, and industry. Although not as popular as his early novels, Verne's later works are in many ways as prescient. Touching on such subjects as the ill effects of the oil industry, the negative influence of missionaries in the South Seas, and the extinction of animal species, they speak to concerns that remain urgent in our own time.

Verne continued writing actively throughout his life, despite failing health, the loss of family members, and financial troubles. At his death in 1905 his desk drawers contained the manuscripts of several new novels. Jules Verne is buried in the Madeleine Cemetery in Amiens.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

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In 1848, Verne got his start writing librettos for operettas.

When Verne's father found out that his son would rather write than study law, he cut him off financially, and Jules was forced to support himself as a stockbroker -- a job he hated but was fairly good at. During this period, he sought advice and inspiration from authors Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo.

Verne stands as the most translated novelist in the world -- 148 languages, according to UNESCO statistics.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      February 8, 1828
    2. Place of Birth:
      Nantes, France
    1. Date of Death:
      March 24, 1905
    2. Place of Death:
      Amiens, France
    1. Education:
      Nantes lycée and law studies in Paris

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2000

    Perfect!!!

    I loved the book 'Around the World in 80 Days' because it was exciting and it always had cliffhangers and hooks at the end of the chapters which made me want to read on. I recomend this book to evreyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

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    Enjoyable Reading for All

    This was a very enjoyable book for us. The kids & I read this aloud together. I have a 4th grader & a 2nd grader, and both were equally excited to see what happened next. Around the World in 80 Days takes you on an adventure around the globe! We actually got a world map & highlited the course that Phileas and his gang took. I think this was a wonderful addtion to our home library. This is a story that the kids will definitely remember. Its an esay read, but still challenging. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2008

    This book was woderful

    This book is one of my favorite books of Classic Starts.I have read most of them and thought they were all wonderful. But around the world in 80 days was the first one that I read. Around the world inspired me to read the rest of the Classic Starts books!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2000

    A classic review for a classic book

    I believe that around the world in eighty days was a fantastic book. It was very exciting, it kept you at the edge of your seat and you could not bear to put it down without knowing what will happen next. Around the World in Eighty Days is definetly one of the most be loved classics in my story collection and it should be the same on youres.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Awesome!!!!!

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Terrific!

    Wonderful edition, with fabulous vocabulary words. I'd recemend it for advanced nine year olds or 12-15 year olds. I repeat: Wonderful vocabulary!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2011

    Pretty darn good!!

    Its a very fun story!love it!!!!!!!!!

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    Just amazing mkay. A summer reading book annd amazing. Im from Carey!

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Good

    It is a good book and easy to read

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    My son liked

    I bought it for my son, he is in third grade. I like him to know about the classics. He really liked it, It was easy and fun for him
    Also was an AR book, so he used for his school reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2010

    Great read for kids

    I read this book aloud to my 9yr and 11yr old and they had fun with it, especially when I wasn't sure how to pronounce some of the French names. We later watched the movie, but it wasn't as vivid as the book.

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    Son loves these classics!

    This is about the 20th "Classic Starts" I have purchased for my 12 year old son. He loves them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Sucky

    This book is hard to read on my opinion im only 12 years old but i had to read this book for a summer vacation book summary project. Its a classic i know but its a really just really difficult to make someone read it and theyre only 12 years old. Its a goo book fir maybe people who can read it without thinking what this word that theyre reading means. I still practically hold a grudge on my teacher for making this book as a book to make a project on. This book isnt that bad, but to me it is!

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

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    Reviewed by Avery, age 9 This is a classic story written by Jule

    Reviewed by Avery, age 9
    This is a classic story written by Jules Verne, who has written over sixty books. He is one of the greatest science fiction writers ever. This book is a great adventure. Phileas Fogg, a really rich Englishman, decides to make a bet with some of the wealthy men from his club that he can travel in a hot air balloon around the world in 80 days. Fogg and his valet go on so many crazy adventures that are plain nonsense that you just can’t stop reading. From storms, crazy people, and weird animals, they come across a lot of stuff.
    "Am tailing bank robber, one Phileas Fogg. Send arrest warrant immediately to Bombay, British India."
    There are a lot of different translated versions of this book and I have read a couple of them now, but this one so far is my favorite. There are cute sketches every couple of pages giving readers a further way to enjoy the book. If you haven’t read a Jules Verne book, what are you waiting for? The world is at your fingertips and just a page turn away! Let the adventure begin!*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*         
    *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and  San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Anoymous

    I am about to get this but I am not sure if I should. I haven't asked my parents because I am halfway around the world from them on vacation and I really don't want to get in trouble if I wasen't aloud to. Can someone write a better reveiw because I want somthi g to read because nook apps stink!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Hard to read.

    Hard to read

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    Posted February 14, 2013

    Great

    Awesome so far

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