Monday, February 08, 2010

Happy birthday, Jules Verne.

Jules Vernefriend of Alexandre Dumas pére and author of Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, and other highly imaginative works—was born today in Nantes, France, in 1828.

The Maison d'Ailleurs in Switzerland has a permanent exhibition on Verne; the Dutch Jules Verne Society has an online selection of Verne-related materials from its archive; the Jules Verne Restaurant is located in the Eiffel Tower; Andrew Nash has a Web site on Jules Verne comic books; this short piece in The Bookman (1909) discusses the influence of Edgar Allan Poe on Verne; and illustrator Jim Tierney produced some Verne covers for his senior thesis.

About the photo: Jules Verne, NYPL

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