Did you know that Jules Verne was born today in 1828? He was a French author who wrote more than 60 books and numerous short stories, plays, and poems including: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days. Many of his adventure stories were influenced and filled with scientific concepts. Some of his ideas such as skyscrapers, trips to the moon, gasoline-fueled cars, passenger planes, and exploration of the ocean deep and space, were considered far-fetched during his time, but are now a reality.
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At first, Jules Verne was supposed to have a career in law, like his father, but after studying and then practicing law for a few years decided to pursue his passion for writing.
Jules Verne is the second most translated writer of all time.
Jules Verne’s contemporizes did not consider his work to be of great literary worth and considered Verne to be more a of ‘story teller’, than a serious author. Decades later though, new authors began to cite Verne as a major influence on their work and his legacy began to change to reflect his role and influence. Along with other authors Verne is considered to be one of the founders of science fiction.
Some writers that have claimed Verne as an influence include Ray Bradbury, Jean-Paul Sartre, Claude Roy, Francois Mauriac, and Paul Claudel. Scientists and explorers that were encouraged and influenced include Richard Byrd, Yuri Gararin, and Guglielmo Marconi.