Jules Verne Facts

Jules Verne Facts
Jules Verne was a French writer best known for his adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. He was born Jules Gabriel Verne on February 8th, 1828 in Nantes France, to Pierre Verne, an attorney, and Sophie Allote de la Fuye. He had a younger brother Paul, and three younger sisters Anna, Mathilde, and Marie. When Jules was six he was sent to boarding school, and when he was 11, Jules attempted to travel to the Indies as a cabin boy aboard a ship. His father reached the ship just in time to stop the adventure. Jules was eventually sent to Paris to study law, and began writing.
Interesting Jules Verne Facts:
Jules Verne wrote a historical adventure story titled The First Ships of the Mexican Navy, which was published in 1851 in the magazine The Family Museum (Musee des familles).
Jules Verne gave up his law career to write, against the wishes of his father.
Jules Verne became friends with a blind geographer and explorer Jacques Arago, who introduced Jules to travel writing.
Jules Verne published two pieces in 1852 in Musee de famille, a novella and a one-act play.
Jules Verne published Master Zacharius and A Winter Amid the Ice in 1854, again in the magazine Musee de famille.
Jules had a falling out with the publisher of Musee de famille and stopped contributing work until 1863.
In 1856 Jules Verne met Honorine de Viane Morel, a young widow with two young children. They married in 1857.
Jules Verne took a sea voyage in 1858, and again in 1861, further inspiring his adventure writing.
Jules' son Michel was born on August 3rd, 1861.
Jules Verne's first published novel was Five Weeks in a Balloon, a book he wrote about a travel adventure across Africa. It was published on January 31st, 1863 by the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel, who had already published Victor Hugo, Balzac, and George Sand, acclaimed writers of the time.
Most of Jules Verne's novels were published first in serialized form in Hetzel's magazine Magasin. They then went on to be published in book form.
Jules Verne's second novel was The Adventures of Captain Hatteras, published in serial form from 1864 to 1865, and in book form in 1866.
Journey to the Center of the Earth was published in 1864.
Jules Verne bought his own ship and began to travel with his wife, sailing to different ports around the world.
Hetzel and Verne fought over Captain Nemo's character and background in the book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. A compromise was made and it was published in 1869.
Jules Verne's success continued with several new books including The Adventures of a Special Correspondent (1872), and Dick Sand: A Captain at Fifteen (1878).
In 1886 Gaston - Verne's favorite nephew, tried to kill him. He was suffering from mental illness and was sent to a mental institution.
Jules Verne continued to travel, and write, publishing Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon in 1881 and Master of the World in 1904.
Jules Verne died on March 24th, 1905, at the age of 77.
Jules Verne predicted several technological advances years ahead of their invention, including the powered submarine, glass skyscrapers, calculators, a worldwide communications network and high speed trains.

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