Travel Scholarships

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Nine students from London’s Antillean School receive travel scholarships to visit their island homelands in the Caribbean. Accompanied by their eccentric Latin professor, they set sail on what they expect to be a thrilling educational voyage. Little do they realize that, prior to their arrival on board, their ship had been hijacked by escaped convicts who murdered its original captain and crew. This is the only novel by the legendary Jules Verne that has never been available in English until now. Although ...

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Nine students from London’s Antillean School receive travel scholarships to visit their island homelands in the Caribbean. Accompanied by their eccentric Latin professor, they set sail on what they expect to be a thrilling educational voyage. Little do they realize that, prior to their arrival on board, their ship had been hijacked by escaped convicts who murdered its original captain and crew. This is the only novel by the legendary Jules Verne that has never been available in English until now. Although ostensibly written for an adolescent audience, its suspense-filled plot, sophisticated narrative style, and critique of European colonialism make it an engrossing read for all ages.

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What People Are Saying

Peter Schulman
“Travel Scholarships is a found treasure. An unexpected treat that will fascinate many a Verne fan, and those interested in a nautical adventure yarn as well.”
Terry Harpold
“Stylistically and narratively complex and unsparing in its depictions of menace and violence, Travel Scholarships gives further evidence that Verne’s reputation as primarily a children’s author has to be opened to nuance and even outright contestation, even when he is writing for children.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819565129
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 6/12/2013
  • Series: Early Classics of Science Fiction
  • Pages: 452
  • Sales rank: 1,412,550
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jules Verne

JULES VERNE (1828–1905) was the first author to popularize the literary genre that has become known as science fiction. TERI J. HERNÁNDEZ is a professor of French and Spanish, and specializes in Francophone literature—especially the works of African and Caribbean writers. ARTHUR B. EVANS is a professor of French at DePauw University, who has published numerous books and articles on Jules Verne and is the general editor of the Early Classics of Science Fiction book series. VOLKER DEHS is an internationally recognized specialist on Verne, and lives in Germany.

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

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
PART I
The Competition
Mrs. Seymour’s Ideas
Mr. and Mrs. Patterson
The Blue Fox Tavern
A Daring Move
Masters of the Ship
The Three-Masted Schooner Alert
On Board
In Full View From Land
A Breeze from the Northeast
At Sea
Crossing the Atlantic
The Aviso Essex
Saint Thomas and Saint Croix
Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy
PART II
Antigua
Guadeloupe
Dominica
Martinique
Saint Lucia
Barbados
Starting the Crossing
Night Comes
Will Mitz
Fogbound
Masters on Board
Three Days
Into the Unknown
Journey’s End
Notes
Bibliography
Jules Gabriel Verne: A Biography
About the Contributors

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