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Jules Verne

Novelist Jules Verne

Profession: Novelist


Biography: Known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction.

His most famous novel, "Around the World in 80 Days" is considered a classic of the genre and has been twice turned in to film, in 1956 and 2004.

Verne is considered a major literary author in France and most of Europe, where he has had a wide influence on the literary avant-garde and on surrealism.

Born: February 8, 1828
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: March 24, 1905 (aged 77)
Cause of Death: Diabetes

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Married Life

  • 1857-01-10 Novelist Jules Verne (28) weds Honorine de Viane Morel

Historical Events

  • 1872-10-02 Phileas Fogg sets out on his journey as depicted in Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days"
  • 1872-12-21 Phileas Fogg completes his round the world trip in 80 days, in Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days"
  • 1873-01-30 "Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne is published in France by Pierre-Jules Hetzel
  • 1889-11-14 New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) begins her attempt to surpass fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg by traveling around the world in under 80 days. She succeeds, finishing the trip in 72 days, 6 hours
  • 1890-01-25 Journalist Nellie Bly beats the fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg around the world by 8 days (72 days)
  • 1905-05-02 French newspapers publish lists of Jules Verne's unpublished work
  • 1956-10-17 "Around the World in 80 Days", based on the book by Jules Verne, directed by Michael Anderson and starring David Nivon and Cantinflas, premieres in New York

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