Jules Verne

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Jules Verne

Jules Verne (Nantes 1828 - Amiens 1905) was a French science-fiction author and a pioneer of that literary genre. His depictions of fantastic technological advances, including space travel and television, helped create the genre of science fiction. [1]

Many of Verne's works, especially Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, are notable for their precise and accurate scientific detail. Verne prolifically wrote about submarines, airplanes, and interplanetary rockets in his books before those machines were invented.

The Library of Congress contains the largest Verne holdings outside of France. Some 400 rare Verne volumes, donated by Willis E. Hurd, make up the core of the collection. Through copyright deposit, the Library acquired many early English-language editions of Verne's stories. Ibidem

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Unfortunately, the most common English translations of Verne's work are extremely shoddy and take great licenses with the works, adding sections, removing vast quantities of material (especially his scientific detail), and even changing characters' names and backgrounds. This is due to translators seeking to sell them to an English audience shortly after publication; the oldest translations have now become public domain and are thus most popular.

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