20,000 Leagues Under the Seas: A World Tour Underwater

20,000 Leagues Under the Seas: A World Tour Underwater


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ISBN-13: 9781438446639
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Series: Excelsior Editions
Pages: 419
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jules Verne was born in 1828 into a French lawyering family in the Atlantic coastal city of Nantes. Though his father sent him off to a Paris law school, young Jules had been writing on the side since his early teens, and his pet topics were the theater, travel, and science. Predictably enough, his legal studies led nowhere, so Verne took a day job with a stock brokerage, in his off-hours penning scripts for farces and musical comedies while also publishing short stories and novelettes of scientific exploration and adventure.

His big breakthrough came when he combined his theatrical knack with his scientific bent and in 1863 published an African adventure yarn, Five Weeks in a Balloon. After that and until his death in 1905, Jules Verne was one of the planet’s best-loved and best-selling novelists, publishing more than sixty books. Other imaginative favorites by him include The Mysterious Island, Hector Servadac, The Begum’s Millions, Master of the World, and The Meteor Hunt. Verne ranks among the five most translated authors in history, along with Mark Twain and the Bible.

Frederick Paul Walter is a scriptwriter, broadcaster, librarian, and amateur paleontologist. A long-standing member of the North American Jules Verne Society, he served as its vice president from 2000 to 2008. Walter has produced many media programs, articles, reviews, and papers on aspects of Jules Verne and has translated many Verne novels, including Amazing Journeys: Five Visionary Classics and The Sphinx of the Ice Realm, both also published by SUNY Press. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Date of Birth:

February 8, 1828

Date of Death:

March 24, 1905

Place of Birth:

Nantes, France

Place of Death:

Amiens, France


Nantes lycée and law studies in Paris

Table of Contents

Translator’s Preface

Part I

1. A Runaway Reef
2. The Pros and Cons
3. As Master Wishes
4. Ned Land
5. At Random
6. At Full Steam
7. A Whale of Unknown Species
8. Mobilis in Mobil
9. Ned Land’s Temper
10. The Man of the Waters
11. The Nautilus
12. E ntirely by Electricity
13. A Few Figures
14. The Black Tide
15. An Invitation in Writing
16. Strolling the Plains
17. An Underwater Forest
18. 4,000 Leagues Under the Pacific
19. Vanikoro
20. Torres Strait
21. A Few Days Ashore
22. Captain Nemo’s Lightning Bolts
23. Ӕgri Somnia
24. The Coral Realm

Part II

25. The Indian Ocean
26. A New Proposition from Captain Nemo
27. A Pearl Worth $2,000,000
28. The Red Sea
29. Arabian Tunnel
30. The Greek Isles
31. The Mediterranean in Forty-Eight Hours
32. Vigo Bay
33. A Lost Continent
34. The Underwater Coalfields
35. The Sargasso Sea
36. Sperm Whales and Right Whales
37. The Ice Barrier
38. The South Pole
39. Accident or Incident?
40. Shortage of Air
41. From Cape Horn to the Amazon
42. The Devilfish
43. The Gulf Stream
44. In Latitude 47° 24' and Longitude 17° 28'
45. A Mass Execution
46. Captain Nemo’s Last Words
47. Conclusion

Textual Notes
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