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Jules Verne

Jules Verne

A Frenchman born on February 8, 1828, in Nantes, Verne entered the world the first of five children.  With his family he spent the summers near the Loire River watching ships, which helped stimulate his creative imagination.  At age nine he attended boarding school and a couple years later, Verne decided to stow away on a ship destined for India.  Caught and punished, Verne promised his parents he would only travel in his mind.

After high school he studied law.  However, at that time, he discovered an interest in writing for the theater.  His father sorely disapproved of Verne spending time in something other than his law school work and refused to provide any more financial support.  This loss led Verne to become a stockbroker, a profession he detested.  While working, Verne also wrote, succumbing to one rejection after another.  His writing improved, however, after he became close friends with Alexandre Dumas, Sr. and met Victor Hugo.  Verne's new wife also gave him encouragement to continue writing and to find a publisher.

The publisher he found was Pierre-Jules Hetzel. With Hetzel's editing skills and suggestions, Verne's abilities improved to such an extent that he could eventually live off of his writing from both serialized stories and stage adaptations.  Yet his life would not remain so positive, for he changed inside when his nephew shot him in the left leg, leaving him to walk with a limp.  Then Hetzel and Verne's mother died in 1887, creating much grief for Verne.  His literary work turned darker, and Verne switched to politics, becoming town councilor of Amiens for 15 years.  After suffering from diabetes, Verne passed away in his home on March 24, 1905.

This author wrote about underwater machines, space travel, air travel, and anticipated with uncanny accuracy modern inventions and conveniences.  Along with H. G. Wells, Verne is considered the "Father of Science Fiction", and he is the second most translated author after Agatha Christie.  Verne left a tremendous legacy, and some of his works were made into films, such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days.

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Illustrated Junior Library
by Jules Verne
from Grosset & Dunlap
Science Fiction for 5th-10th grade
in Science Fiction (Location: A07-01A)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Sterling Classics
by Jules Verne
from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 5th-10th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: A04-04A)
Around the World in 80 Days
by Jules Verne
Reprint from Oxford University
for 8th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
Around the World in Eighty Days
Puffin Classics
by Jules Verne
from Puffin Books
Adventure for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Around the World in Eighty Days
by Jules Verne, George M. Towle (Translator)
from Bantam Books
for 7th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
Around the World in Eighty Days
Sterling Classics
by Jules Verne & Scott McKowen
Unabridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
Adventure for 6th-10th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: A04-04A)
Around the World in Eighty Days - Comprehension Guide
Veritas Press Literature Comprehension Guides
by Jonathan Daughtrey & Ned Bustard
from Veritas Press
for 6th-9th grade
in Veritas Press Literature Guides (Location: B18-00A)
Around the World in Eighty Days - TLP Guide
Total Language Plus Literature Guides
from Total Language Plus
for 9th-11th Grade
in Total Language Plus Guides (Location: B18-06A)
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Sterling Classics
by Jules Verne & Scott McKowen
from Sterling Publishing Co.
Science Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: A04-04A)
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Puffin Classics
by Jules Verne
Reprint from Puffin Books
Science Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Science Fiction (Location: A07-01A)
Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar
by Jules Verne
from Bottom of the Hill Publishing
for 7th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Mysterious Island
Signet Classics
by Jules Verne
from Signet Classics
Science Fiction for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Oxford World's Classics
by Jules Verne, William Butcher (Translator)
from Oxford University
for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Signet Classics
by Jules Verne
from Signet Classics
Science Fiction for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Junior Deluxe Editions
by Jules Verne
from Grosset & Dunlap
Science Fiction for 5th-8th grade
in Science Fiction (Location: A07-01A)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Jules Verne
from Puffin Books
Science Fiction for 5th-8th grade
in Science Fiction (Location: A07-01A)