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Jules Verne - Biography & Works


20,000 Leagues under the Sea

A Journey to the Center of the Earth

Around the World in 80 Days

Five Weeks in a Balloon

In Search of the Castaways or the Children of Captain Grant

Jules VerneJules Gabriel Verne was born in 1828, in Nantes, France. He is considered to be the father of modern science fiction and the creator of many imaginary inventions.

He went to study law in Paris and was introduced into literary circles. He started to write and published plays under the influence of such writers as Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo. He published his first novel “Five Weeks in a Balloon” in 1851,published in our literature collection.

In 1856 he married Honorine de Viane.

He spent many hours in the library studying astronomy, geology and engineering because he wanted his novels to be realistic and accurate in the details. The stories captured the reader with their enterprising spirit. Some of his most popular novels are “A Journey to the Center of the Earth” – 1864, “From the Earth to the Moon” -1865, “Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea” – 1870, “The Mysterious Island” – 1874, “Robur the Conqueror” – 1886.

Verne's novels gained soon a huge popularity throughout the world.
Among his best-known books is the classic adventure story “Around the World in Eighty Days” -1873.

Jules Verne wrote 65 novels, 30 plays, short stories, essays and opera librettos.
He died in Amiens on March 24, 1905 at the age of 77.

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