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Jules Verne (1828–1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright. Most famous for his novel sequence , the Voyages Extraordinaires , Verne also wrote assorted short stories, plays, miscellaneous novels, essays, and poetry. His works are notable for their profound influence on science fiction [1] and on surrealism , [2] their innovative use of modernist literary techniques such as self-reflexivity , [3] and their complex combination of positivist and romantic ideologies. [4]

Unless otherwise referenced, the information presented here is derived from the research of Volker Dehs, Jean-Michel Margot, Zvi Har’El, [5] and William Butcher. [6]

Three publication dates for each book are given because, in the system developed by Pierre-Jules Hetzel for the Voyages Extraordinaires , each of Verne's novels was published successively in several different formats. This resulted in several distinct editions of each texts, as follows. [7]

The posthumously published volumes in the Voyages Extraordinaires were extensively altered and in some cases entirely written by Verne's son Michel . [9]

IN this volume are included Verne’s first masterpiece, Five Weeks in a Balloon, and also all such of his earlier stories as he himself thought worth preserving. These he gathered in later years, and had some of them reissued by his Paris publishers .

A Drama in the Air, was, as Verne himself tells us, his first published story. It appeared soon after 1850 in a little-known local magazine called the Musée des Familles. The tale, though somewhat amateurish, is very characteristic of the master’s later style. In it we can see, as it were, the germ of all that was to follow, the interest in the new advances of science, the dramatic story, the carefully collected knowledge of the past, the infusion of instruction amid the excitement of the tale .

Similarly we find A Winter in the Ice to be a not unworthy predecessor of The Adventures of Captain Hatteras and all the author’s other great books of adventure in the frozen world. Here, at the first attempt, a vigorous and impressive story introduces us to the northland, thoroughly understood, accurately described, vividly appreciated and pictured forth in its terror and its mystery .

The Pearl of Lima opens the way to all those stories of later novelists wherein some ancient kingly race, some forgotten civilization of Africa or America, reasserts itself in the person of some spectacular descendant, tragically matching its obscure and half-demonic powers against the might of the modern world. The Mutineers inaugurates our author’s favorite geographical device. It describes a remarkable and little-known country by having the characters of the story travel over it on some anxious errand, tracing their progress step by step .

Thus, of these five early tales, The Watch’s Soul is the only one differing sharply from Verne’s later work. It is allegorical, supernatural, depending not upon the scientific marvels of the material world, but upon the direct interposition of supernal powers .

Five Weeks in a Balloon, the last and by far the most important story in this volume, is Verne’s first complete and accepted masterpiece. This book, published in 1863 without preliminary display, made the author instantly a central figure in the literary world. Like Byron he awoke one morning and found himself famous .

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Jules Verne (1828–1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright. Most famous for his novel sequence , the Voyages Extraordinaires , Verne also wrote assorted short stories, plays, miscellaneous novels, essays, and poetry. His works are notable for their profound influence on science fiction [1] and on surrealism , [2] their innovative use of modernist literary techniques such as self-reflexivity , [3] and their complex combination of positivist and romantic ideologies. [4]

Unless otherwise referenced, the information presented here is derived from the research of Volker Dehs, Jean-Michel Margot, Zvi Har’El, [5] and William Butcher. [6]

Three publication dates for each book are given because, in the system developed by Pierre-Jules Hetzel for the Voyages Extraordinaires , each of Verne's novels was published successively in several different formats. This resulted in several distinct editions of each texts, as follows. [7]

The posthumously published volumes in the Voyages Extraordinaires were extensively altered and in some cases entirely written by Verne's son Michel . [9]


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