Jules Verne was born in Nantes in 1828, the eldest of five children of a prosperous family claiming French, Breton, and Scottish ancestry. His early years were happy apart from an unfulfilled passion for his cousin Caroline. Literature always attracted him and while taking a law degree in Paris he wrote a number of plays. His first book, about a journey to Scotland, was not published during his lifetime. However, in 1862, Five Weeks in a Balloon was accepted by the publisher Hetzel, becoming an immediate success. It was followed by Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas, Around the World in Eighty Days, and sixty other novels, covering the whole world (and below and beyond). Verne himself travelled over three continents, before suddenly selling his yacht in 1886. Eight of the books appeared after his death in 1905--although they were in fact written partly by his son, Michel.Read more Read less
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