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Jules Verne

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About Jules Verne


Jules Gabriel Verne (8th February 1828 – 24th March 1905) was a French novelist, poet and playwright. Verne‘s collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel led to the creation of the Voyages extraordinaires, a widely popular series of scrupulously researched adventure novels including „To the Center of the Eart (1864)“, „Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (1870)“ and „Around the World in Eighty Days (1873)“.

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Verne is generally considered a major literary author in France and most of Europe, where he has had a wide influence on the literary avant-garde and on surrealism. His reputation is markedly different in Anglophone regions, where he has often been labeled a writer of genre fiction and children‘s book, largely because of the highly abridged and altered translations in which his novels have often been printed.

Verne has been the second most translated author in the world since 1979, ranking between Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare. He has sometimes been called the „Father of Science Fiction“, a title that also has been given to H. G. Wells, Mary Shelley and Hugo Gernsback.