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Jules Verne: The Definitive Biography
     

Jules Verne: The Definitive Biography

by William Butcher, Arthur C. Clarke (Introduction)
 

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From the established expert on the subject comes this new biography of one of the world's most successful writers. Breath-taking in scope, and full of the kind of revelations sure to cause press and controversy, Butcher combines existing and new research on Verne’s life with the evidence from Verne's works to explore what sort of man Jules Verne was, how he

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From the established expert on the subject comes this new biography of one of the world's most successful writers. Breath-taking in scope, and full of the kind of revelations sure to cause press and controversy, Butcher combines existing and new research on Verne’s life with the evidence from Verne's works to explore what sort of man Jules Verne was, how he achieved what he did, what went on inside his head, what really made him tick.

Butcher examines the forgotten nitty-gritty of Verne’s life: his appearance, his schoolmates, the size of his bedroom, who he talked to and slept with, who he fell out with and was sued by, the fibs he told, how he got to work, how much he made, what he did on his days off, where he went, what he studied, what he read, whether he was a good husband and father — in sum, all the behavior that points to personality, as only a family member can know it.

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Renée Tursi
… [the] biography's animated style and bite-every-nickel research make it a vivid read. The book opens with a literal bang, describing the 1886 incident in which Verne's nephew wounded him with a bullet that hit a leg but seemed aimed for his loins. Butcher's real strength, though, is his expertise with Verne's manuscripts. Scholars have long known that Hetzel rewrote large swaths of Verne's prose and leaned on the author to change story lines. But here we see exactly how, for instance, Capt. Nemo of 20,000 Leagues was originally conceived as harboring nationalistically justified gripes and possessing "a generous nature," but appeared in the published work as a mysterious, somewhat irrational character. Verne complained bitterly that Hetzel had mangled Nemo "to the point where I can't recognize him."
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
William Butcher's Jules Verne: The Definitive Biography claims to correct a total misunderstanding of Verne in America, arguing that most English editions of his fiction are "doubly fakes, betrayals of censored works." Profuse documentation, a hortatory style and a plethora of quotations make this exhaustive critical biography sluggish reading. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560258544
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author


William Butcher has been the leading international authority on Verne for twenty years. His countless articles and eight books on Verne have led him to an unparalleled knowledge of this multi-faceted figure.

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