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Jules Verne

Jules Verne was born February 8th 1828, in Nantes, France.Verne’s parents had high expectations for him throughout his whole life,he went to many different schools his entire life, starting at the age of six when he went to a boarding school in Nantes. When Jules was 19, his father sent him to Paris to study law. While he was there, he began to be interested in art, music, and very much writing. He then began to write lyrics to operas and that’s where his new life started. He finished law,and began to start writing books. The first book he published was called Five Weeks in a Balloon in 1863; it was a hit! He created many novels in the same series called “extraordinary voyages”. In these novels, many predictions were made by Verne, and many of these predictions came true. For example submarines, newscasts, solar sails, lunar modules, skywriting, flying machines and moon landing! How he predicted these things;the world may never know. This man became very successful throughout the rest of his life, he even met the girl of his dreams,Madame Morel in 1856! In Vernes lifetime he created many novels, over 60 of them. Not only did he write books, he also wrote a couple of plays in his time too. In 1886, Verne got into a shooting affray, which left him lame (gimp). In 1902 he became partially blind and in 1907 he died in his home of old age. This man impacted the world with his brilliant novels and amazing predictions; he might be dead, but in his books, he still lives on!


1. Publication of first book Five Weeks in a Balloon in 1863.2. One of the most famous books Verne wrote was A Journey to the Center of the Earth in 1864.3. Known as Verne’s “masterpiece”, Novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea was published in 1870.4. Robur the Conqueror was published in 1886, where he made predictions about flying aircrafts, such as the helicopter. 5. From the Earth to the Moon was published in 1865, where he made predictions moon landing.


Jules Verne was a brilliant man and I great author,throughout his life he created many novels and they all had a big impact on the world,this man definitely used his pen for the good! Jules Verne is regarded as the “Father of Fiction”. He made over 60 novels in his lifetime all of which have lived on after his death. He is most famous for predicting the future in his novels. He wrote about things he thought were going to be created in the future. Some examples are electric submarines,newscasts,solar sails,lunar modules,skywriting,Tasers,videoconferencing,flying machines and splashdowns spaceships; all of which have become real and used in everyday life. Without Jules Verne’s predictions, some of these creations would never have come true. What is rather odd about his novels is that when he wrote most of them, he had no knowledge on the subjects the novels were written about; no one really knows how Jules Verne came up with these ideas. One of the people that he mostly idolized was Edgar Allen Poe, Poe is a brilliant author as well, so it’s no wonder Verne’s novels were mysterious. Verne even wrote some plays in his time. Names of some of his plays are Les Pailles rompues, Le Colin-maillard, Les Compagnons de la Marjolaine, Monsieur de Chimpanzé, and Le Page de Madame Malbrough. He impacted our life extremely, this is one brilliant man!


1."Jules Verne." ABC CLIO. Databases, 3 June 2014. Web. 2 June 2014. .2."Jules Verne." Biography Reference Center. ESCBO Industries , Jan. 2010. Web. 2 June 2014. .3. "Jules Verne." Gale Biography in Context . Gale Group, 7 June 2005. Web. 2 June 2014. .4."Jules Verne." Space Sciences . Biography in Context, 1 Nov. 2009. Web. 2 June 2014. .

Jules Verne



” We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.” ― Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

1.Born Feb. 8, 1828, Nantes, France2. (1848)He went to Paris to study law. He early became interested in the theater and wrote librettos for operettas.3.1850 Verne’s verse comedy Les Pailles Rompues, written with some assistance by Alexander Dumas the Younger, was produced.4. In May 1856, Verne met and fell in love with the widowed daughter of an army officer, Madame Morel (née Honorine de Viane), whom he married the following January.5. In September 1862 Verne met Pierre-Jules Hetzel, who agreed to publish the first of Verne’s Voyages extraordinaires.6.In 1863 he achieved his first real success with the publication of Cinq Semaines en Ballon Five Weeks in a Balloon.7. (1864) Famous novel Journey to the Center of the Earth was created. 8. Verne wrote his two masterpieces when he was in his 40s. The master pieces were Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (1870) and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). 9. In 1876, he bought a yacht which he sailed around Europe. By that time, his novels had been translated into many different languages, so he was treated like a celebrity everywhere he docked10. In 1902 he became partially blind; he died on March 24, 1905


Fun Facts!

1.Before he wrote stories he wrote libretti (lyrics) for operas.2.His father, upon finding out Jules was involved with the theater, cut him off and Verne became a stockbroker. He was actually quite good at it although he despised it.3.He hung out with both Victor Hugo and Alexander Dumas, who gave him writing advice.4.He published at least 1 book a year for over 40 years on a wide range of subjects.5.He actually traveled very little. His only time riding in a balloon lasted 24 minutes.6.He was shot in 1886 by his mentally ill nephew, Gaston. Two shots were fired, one missing and the other hitting his left leg. Gaston spent the remainder of his life in a mental asylum and Verne had a limp for the rest of his life, which ended in 1905 of diabetes.7.His submarine The Nautilus in 20,000 Leagues predated actual powered submarines by 25 years. In 1886, the first electric powered submarine was name The Nautilus after Verne’s creation.8.Around The World in 80 Days was actually based on a true story.9.In 1863 he wrote a novel based in the 20th century which featured glass skyscrapers, high speed trains, calculators and even a worldwide communications network. Called Paris in The 20th Century, it was actually quite accurate.10.Jules Verne was known as “Father of Science Fiction”.


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