Jules Verne: Seven Novels (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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Writing in France in the nineteenth century, Jules Verne expressed the universal fascination with adventure and exploration. Collecting Five Weeks in a Balloon, Around the World in Eighty Days, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, Round the Moon, Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and The Mysterious Island, this omnibus offers a unique compilation of seven of Verne’s Voyages extraordinaires, stories in which he extrapolated developing technology ...
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Overview

Writing in France in the nineteenth century, Jules Verne expressed the universal fascination with adventure and exploration. Collecting Five Weeks in a Balloon, Around the World in Eighty Days, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, Round the Moon, Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and The Mysterious Island, this omnibus offers a unique compilation of seven of Verne’s Voyages extraordinaires, stories in which he extrapolated developing technology and invention into marvelous fiction.

This volume offers readers a generous introduction to Jules Verne, whose books are as alive today as they were for readers new to the ideas expressed in them during his time.

Jules Verne: Seven Novels is one of Barnes & Noble’s Collectible Edition classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world’s greatest authors in exquisitely designed bonded-leather bindings with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectable, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for any home library.

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Meet the Author

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.

Good To Know

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 September 18, 2010

    An Outstanding Novel!

    When i saw this book,i knew adventure was not my kind of genre, but the beautiful cover, which is absolutely breathtaking, was what drew me to it. when i started reading the first book, it was absolutely spell binding! i am a big collector of the leatherbound classics, and this is one that will not be put on the bottom shelf! the binding is strong and durable- my book has already been through a lot and is holding up extremely well, and the writing is beautiful and easy to read! from the inside out, this book is a diamond in the rough!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    I highly recommend this, as well as all the others in this Leatherbound Classics series!

    Rarely do you see these classic pieces of literature rendered with such sophisticated elegance and beauty, faithfully honoring and respecting the equally unique, creative literary material loved by generations of readers. I have been enjoying them all, and eagerly look forward to each new addition to the series.

    Hopefully, the publisher (who appears to be unreachable) will keep releasing more of these fine collected works, including such classic writers as Baum, Milne, Kipling, Twain, London, Melville, Hemingway, Stoker, Shelley, as well as other poets like Virgil, Longfellow, Keats, Eliot, Hawthorne, and Blake.

    Time will tell, but hope is alive. Get on board with these fantastic masterpieces of literature, and be swept away in worlds of imagination!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    WARNING: Do not touch this book if you have sweaty hands or loti

    WARNING:
    Do not touch this book if you have sweaty hands or lotion on your hands! The black paint will come of!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    A Bibliophile Must

    The Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics Series is a treasure, and this specific book is a special jewel. Jules Verne is a must for any library, and the cover is so wonderful. It caught my eye when I saw it online. In person, it is even better. The cover design is as whimsical as the story, and very fitting. The embossment, the gold edging, and the ribbon bookmark are all wonderful. It is a beauty for the shelf, and a treat for the imagination.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    SEVEN books in one!

    Yes that's right, seven books in one amazing leather bound volume! This beautifully bound elegant tome has seven of Jules Verne's classic stories. That's right seven, in one BIG book. But, you may not be tempted to purchase this outstanding collection because this company is so backward and foolish. If you don't take the leap of faith and buy this amazing and elegantly bound set of novels you will never know which seven books are included in the collection. Although, it will be such a pretty book to look at up there on your bookshelf, who cares which seven books are included from the hundreds Mr. Verne penned over his lifetime! I give this book five stars because I really don't care what is printed inside that magnificent cover, as it's apparent you don't care either because it's too much trouble to list the seven books included inside that beautiful, elegant, leather bound set of classics. Cheers

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

    Before I buy any volume of Verne I would need to know how recent

    Before I buy any volume of Verne I would need to know how recent a translation it is. The 1950s translations that I read in my youth were notoriously clunky renderings of French into English, but I gather that there have been better efforts since. Why doesn't the book description specify who translated the books, and when?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    Very beautiful book. The book is sturdy, heavy, and feels soft t

    Very beautiful book. The book is sturdy, heavy, and feels soft to the touch. It is a steal for $18. Buy the book. I just wish it wasn't bound in China... But everything is now-a-days. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2012

    Great in every way.

    I live in Belgium, although i had to wait for over a month it was totally worth the wait! i would not buy a sloppy soft cover book printed without detailed and attractive cover as this one has.

    I have not read it yet, although it is a very thick book and the pages are thin, i feel that it will last a long time, very sturdy and the gilding is exquisite.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    I love this book. It looks really spectacular and has all 7 nove

    I love this book. It looks really spectacular and has all 7 novels in their entirety and well translated. The font could be a little bigger but if you have good eyes or adequate glasses than you should have no problem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Good gift

    Bought this & the Bullfinch anthology for my fiance for X-Mas. He is very excited about it, he has only read one Jules Verne story, so he is looking forward to reading more. Very beautiful book.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Book arrived in two pieces

    If this book had not arrived damaged, it would have been a five star review. However, the covers and spine were completely separated from the pages. That aside, the cover art was fantastic, and it would have been great to have all those Verne novels all in one book.

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

    Beautiful cover. This is my first leatherbound collection from B

    Beautiful cover. This is my first leatherbound collection from B&N, and now i want to collect them all!  
    I always loved adventure stories, and Jules Verne's timeless stories are fascinating and breathtaking . 
    The cover, the stories... it's an amazing book to have if you like reading or a bibliophile who just like to collect beautiful-looking books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Wonderful book

    Great adventure story for boys and girls.

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  • Posted August 7, 2013

    I know what journey to the center of the earth is about because

    I know what journey to the center of the earth is about because the movie, but can n e one tell me about the other books in it, i am trying to decide if i want to read them

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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