Extraordinary Voyages (Library of Wonder): Around the World in Eighty Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
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Extraordinary Voyages (Library of Wonder): Around the World in Eighty Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas

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by Jules Verne, Nate Pride
     
 

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“Verne was a master at taking us on intriguing journeys to far corners of our planet—and beyond.”

—Arthur C. Clarke

In the nineteenth century, French author Jules Verne awed readers with astounding adventures that transported them to the ends of the Earth, plunged them into the ocean’s depths, and dropped them into

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“Verne was a master at taking us on intriguing journeys to far corners of our planet—and beyond.”

—Arthur C. Clarke

In the nineteenth century, French author Jules Verne awed readers with astounding adventures that transported them to the ends of the Earth, plunged them into the ocean’s depths, and dropped them into mysterious subterranean realms. Dubbed Voyages Extraordinaries, these unique blends of action, adventure, and science fiction offered prescient glimpses into the future and a level of scientific speculation unprecedented in imaginative fiction.

The three novels collected here represent some of Verne’s most innovative and entertaining adventures. Around the World in Eighty Days is the chronicle of irrepressible adventurer Phileas Fogg, whose wager to circle the globe involves him in one cliff-hanging escapade after another. Journey to the Center of the Earth tells of intrepid explorers who discover a subterranean world of prehistoric marvels and menaces at the Earth’s core. In Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas, scientist hero Captain Nemo investigates the exotic mysteries of the deep in his space-age submarine, the Nautilus. Two of these novels (Journey and 20,000 Leagues) are presented here with new English translations, and all three are newly illustrated with the incomparable fantasy art of Nate Pride.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435115552
Publisher:
Fall River Press
Publication date:
09/14/2009
Series:
Library of Wonder Series
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.90(h) x 2.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jules Verne (1828–1905) was born in Nantes, France, and moved to Paris in 1847, where he briefly studied law and worked as a stockbroker before he turned to writing for the stage. His first published novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863), was a colorful adventure story that proved immensely popular with readers. Verne contracted with its publisher to write three novels per year for serialization in magazines, and the novels produced, known collectively as the Voyages Extraordinaires, are boldly imaginative tales of adventure and daring laced with speculations on developing trends in science and technology. Some, including A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (1869–1870), are recognized today as early landmarks of science fiction. The serialization of Around the World in Eighty Days (1872) proved so popular that thereafter most of his work appeared simultaneously in French and English translations.

Dr. William Butcher has lectured at the École Nationale d’Administration and researched at the University of Oxford. Author of Jules Verne: The Definitive Biography (2006), he has also published translations and critical editions of Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1992), Around the World in Eighty Days (1995), and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (1998).

Brief Biography

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

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Extraordinary Voyages (Library of Wonder): Around the World in Eighty Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It isn't necessary to talk about Jules Verne's bestseller. This book have joined the principal history from this extraordinary writer. I really recommend for a permanent library, this book is good for teenagers and adults too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To have three of Verne's greatest works combined in a stunningly beautiful hardback collection, my library is that much closer to being complete.
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RedSaxon More than 1 year ago
I picked this up because of the illustrations. I love old illustrated books and have found many recently published illustrated volumes of classic texts to have 'updated' art styles that don't match the quality or tone of the writing. Mr. Pride seems to be channeling a 19th century illustrator without being a slave to those technisques and formulas. You can't go wrong with Verne anyhow (and these are his 3 most well known works) and Pride's artwork makes this feel like you just found a century old treasure in a new binding.
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