Jules Verne is known to have fathered a son Michel. He is not known for that generally. He is known for fathering a genre of fiction writing which he called “scientific fiction.”
He was born in Nantes, France. His father was a lawyer and young Jules was supposed to follow in his dad’s footsteps. While at school, he discovered theatre and that was it.
The theatre inspired him more than the world of jurisprudence. He wrote several plays. While this was going on, Verne is said to have had a difficult romantic life.
He fell in love once to a young girl about his age, but her family did not approve of his status as a student and married her off to an older man. He was heartbroken and that was not the last of it.
Again, Verne lost his heart to a wonderful woman only to have the marriage called off by the girl’s parents. So, when he met the widow Honorine Anne, he was uncaring about family approval and hurriedly married her. She had two beautiful daughters with her husband, and with her, Jules had Michel.
Now, he was a married family man and had to make due, so he took a job on the stock market. He was a broker and good at what he did, but he did not abandon his dreams of writing. He wrote and researched for a new kind of novel in his spare time.
He wanted to write “scientific fiction.” He sold the idea to a publisher named Hetzel who also worked with Balzac and Hugo. George Sand was a writer for him, too.
He started Extraordinary Journeys in 1862 which were published and began a long relationship. His Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863) was a bestseller and gave him the opportunity to quit the job at the stock market.
- Paris in the 20th Century
- Journey to the Center of the Earth
- From the Earth to the Moon
- Around the Moon
- Twenty thousand Leagues Under the Sea
- Around the World in 80 Days
- The Purchase of the North Pole
- The Floating Island
- Facing the Flag
- Master of the World
Now, there were other novels, but they were written by Michel Verne after Jules Verne’s death. There is some disagreement as to the authorship of these other novels, but most agree that they originated from unfinished works found by Michel in his father’s desk. But, because he edited, revised and sometimes completely rewrote sections of the works, there is disagreement.
His work has been made into major motion pictures by Disney and into other cinematic works by other producers.
Jules Verne is an inspiration to a lot of people. He deserves it.
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