Classic Literature Facts: Jules Verne

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Most who know me personally know that my favorite book in the entire world is 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne. I’ve done extensive research for my fantasy/adventure novel series entitled The Prince of Prophecy (the first book in the series, Destined, is being released June 21st, 2014), but one of the authors I never really needed to research was Verne since he was born after the time period that my novels are set in. So, I decided to do a bit of “for fun” investigative work and find some interesting facts about one of my all-time famous authors, the late, great Jules Verne.

  1. Before writing novels, Verne wrote opera libretti.
  2. Verne was friends with two other great French authors, Alexandre Dumas (author of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers), and Victor Hugo (author of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame). The older and more experienced Dumas and Hugo would often give Verne valuable writing advice.
  3. When Verne wrote about The Nautilus in his novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, electric-powered submarines didn’t exist. In fact, powered submarines wouldn’t exist until 25 years after the novel’s debut. in 1866, the first electric-powered submarine was named The Nautilus after Verne’s creation.
  4. Verne published 1 book a year for 40 years.
  5. in 1886, Verne was shot by his mentally ill nephew, Gaston, and, because he was shot in the leg, had to walk with a limp for the rest of his life.
  6. Verne based his novel Around the World in 80 Days on the true story of an American named George Francis Train who declared during his presidential campaign that he would travel around the world in 80 days or less. It took three tries, but Train eventually did manage to circle the world in under 80 days.
  7. Verne died of diabetes on March 24th, 1905.

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