Jules Verne, the master of science fiction

Today we are celebrating the 184th birthday of Jules Verne, one of the founding fathers of science fiction and the second most translated author in the world after Agatha Christie.

Portrait de Jules Verne

Born in the harbour city of Nantes, France, the young Jules Verne spent a great amount of time watching the ships navigate the Loire River. This experience sparked the boy’s interest for travel and adventures, which he would later express through his writing.

His literary career started with writing liberetti for operettas. In 1863, he published his first full-length book En luftballongsresa genom Afrika (A Hot Air Balloon trip through Africa). However, the success came to him after meeting Pierre-Jules Hetzel, one of the more important French publishers of the 19th century.  Hetzel significantly influenced Verne’s writings. He corrected the stories, gave invaluable advice on how to rewrite them and infused them with optimism.

Their fruitful partnership saw the publication of Verne’s most popular novels:

Cinq semaines en ballon (Five Weeks in a Balloon) in 1863;

Verne's Cinq semaines en ballon

Cinq semaines en ballon

Voyage au centre de la Terre (Journey to the Center of the Earth) in 1864;

Verne's Voyage au centre de la terre

Voyage au centre de la terre

De la Terre à la Lune (From the Earth to the Moon) in 1865;

Verne's De la Terre à la Lune

De la Terre à la Lune

 

 

Les Enfants du capitaine Grant (Captain Grant’s Children) in 1867–1868;

Verne's Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant

Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant

 

 

Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea) in 1869;

Verne's Vingt mille lieues sous les mers

Vingt mille lieues sous les mers

 

 

Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (Around the World in Eighty Days) in 1872.

Verne's Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours

Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours

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2 thoughts on “Jules Verne, the master of science fiction

  1. Do you know the very nice book “Regarde de tous tes yeux, regarde! Jules Verne” (2005) of Proust-biographer Jean-Yves Tadié? I can highly recommend it. The title is of course from “Michel Strogoff”.

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