The World of Jules Verne Essay

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“The Extraordinary World of Jules Verne” Jules Verne, uncontestably a pioneer in the history of literature, created the popular genre of science-fiction. What is most interesting about his persona is that all the knowledge he acquired, which was the base of his books, came not from his experiences or professional studies, but Verne’s own research. Without any scientific background he was able to predict future inventions like an electric submarine, newscasts, videoconferencing, taser (National Geographic) etc. and describe exotic countries he had never been to, which amazed many people around the world to the point that his work is still famous today. Although Jules Verne didn’t travel a lot in his entire life, his hard work, passion and cleverness made it possible to devise, with his imagination, how the world looked like in his time and how it could probably be in the future. On February 8th, 1828 in the small village of Nantes in North-Western France, Jules Gabriel Verne was born to an attorney Pierre Verne [1799-1871] and Sophie Henriette Allotte de la Fuye [1800-1887], with a distant Scottish decent (Butcher, 31). He had four younger siblings: Paul, Anne, Mathilde, Marie and along with his mother they were well-provided by Pierre, who was a hard worker and committed lawyer. Even though Jules’ father was a very strict man, Pierre spent many evenings dedicated to poetry and songs written by him, giving a touch of what soon would be creative ideas to young Verne. Those nights, lighten only by oil lamps, encouraged Jules to read documentary or fiction books about distant countries and their latest explorations, which proved him to be extremely fascinated by the unknown. Some of the works he gathered were “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe, “The Swiss Family Robinson” by Johann David Wyss, and “The Leatherstocking Tales” by James Fanimore Cooper (Streissguth, 10).

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