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Jules Verne was a French author who wrote many novels, short stories, essays, and plays. He is referred to as one of the fathers of the science fiction genre. His works have been translated into 150 languages making him the second most translated author of all time next to Agatha Christie. His most popular novels include Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).
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Key Facts & Information
Early Life and Family Life
- Jules Gabriel Verne was born on February 8, 1828, on Île Feydeau, Nantes, France.
- He was the oldest child of Pierre Verne, an attorney, and Sophie Allote de la Fuÿe.
- He had four siblings, namely Paul, Anna, Mathilde, and Marie.
- The Vernes lived on an island by the Loire River where Jules watched ships sail down. These early memories of his found their way into his writing.
- When Verne was six, he was sent to boarding school at 5 Place du Bouffay.
- In the boarding school, Verne first learned about Robinson Crusoe from his teacher Madame Sambin, a theme that was also apparent in some of his works.
- Two years later, Verne attended École Saint‑Stanislas, a Catholic school.
- At twelve years old, he started writing poetry.
- His poetry was inspired by his romantic feelings toward his cousin, Caroline Tronson, who did not reciprocate Verne’s feelings.
- In 1847, Verne was sent to Paris by his father so that Jules could pursue studies in law school.
- He stayed in Paris for a short while until he passed his first year law exams.
- His move to Paris coincided with the emergence of the French Revolution of 1848.
- He returned to Nantes to prepare for his second year in law.
- During his stay in Nantes, he fell in love with Rose Herminie Arnaud Grossetière, to whom he dedicated many of his poems.
- Verne earned his law degree in 1851, but he kept writing.
- In 1852, Verne decided to pursue writing as a career despite his father arranging the establishment of his law practice in Nantes.
- In January 1857, Verne married Honorine de Viane Morel, a widow with two children.
- To support his new family, he switched from writing plays for theater to being a stockbroker at the Paris Bourse.
- He did not quit writing even as a stockbroker.
- In 1862, he met publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel.
- Hetzel helped Verne get his first novel “Five Weeks In A Balloon” published.
- His first novel marked the start of Verne’s popular novel series “Voyages Extraordinaires” which appeared first in installments in Hetzel’s magazine.
- From 1863 until 1905, Verne published 54 novels for the Voyages Extraordinaires series.
- The Voyages Extraordinaires series tackled themes on science, travel, space, and adventure, among others.
- For more than 40 years, he published at least one book a year.
- Verne was able to publish 65 novels in total, some of which were published posthumously.
- In 1867, he bought a yacht and named it Saint Michel.
- Using Saint Michel, he sailed around Europe.
- His sailing adventures inspired him to write “Around the World in Eighty Days” and “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea.”
- He eventually bought a bigger yacht and named it Saint Michel II.
- For his third yacht, the Saint Michel III, he employed a crew as he ventured through the Mediterranean and Scotland.
Legacy and Literary Works
- Verne’s most popular works include Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1872), Around The Moon (1870), and Around the World in 80 Days (1873).
- While Verne did not actively participate in the French Revolution, he explored the struggles of the French during the Revolutionary Wars in his novella The Count of Chanteleine: A Tale of the French Revolution (1864).
- Verne’s works inspired the emergence of steampunk, which is a science fiction subgenre influenced by 19th century industrial technology.
- Years after he wrote about the fictional submarine Nautilus in his novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” the first prototype of the submarine came to life and was engineered by Robert Fulton.
- More of Verne’s imagined technology, such as skyscrapers, trains, and elevators, materialized.
- He was also an inspiration to many science fiction authors such as American author Ray Bradbury.
Health Problems and Death
- Verne suffered multiple health problems over the course of his life: digestion issues, facial paralysis, and diabetes.
- In 1886, Verne was shot in the left leg by his mentally disabled nephew Gaston which left Verne permanently disabled.
- His diabetes made his limp worse until his death in 1905.
Jules Verne Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Jules Verne Facts
- Jules’ Early Years
- True or False
- Library of Legacy
- Writing Timeline
- Book Identification
- Fantasy To Reality
- Steampunk Search
- Sci Fi Authors
- My Own Sci Fi Story
- Letter To Verne
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