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Jules Verne


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Jules Verne : Journey to the Centre of the Earth

'he saw me one day deep in "A Journey to the Interior of the Earth" [sic].'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Vivian (Molly) Hughes      Print: Book


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'In [Ashington Mechanics' Institute] library [Chester Armstrong] discovered a "new world", a "larger environment" in Defoe, Marryat, Fenimore Cooper, Dickens and Jules Verne.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Chester Armstrong      Print: Book


Jules Verne : Journey to the Centre of the Earth

'[the father of Harry Burton] 'an irregularly employed housepainter, liked a "stirring novel" but nothing more challenging than Conan Doyle: "He had no use whatever for anything remotely approaching the spiritual in art, literature or music...", and yet the whole family rea and, on some level, took pleasure in sharing and discussing their reading. His mother recited serials from the Family Reader and analyzed them at length with grandma over a cup of tea. Every few minutes his father would offer up a snippet from the Daily Chronicle or Lloyd's Weekly News. The children were not discouraged from reading aloud, perhaps from Jules Verne: "I can smell to this day the Journey to the Centre of the Earth", Burton recalled. The whole family made use of the public library and enjoyed together children's magazines like Chips and The Butterfly'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Harry Burton      Print: Book


Jules Verne : Around the World in Eighty Days

'W.J. Brown was introduced to literature by "Robinson Crusoe", "She", "The Last of the Mohicans", and "Around the World in Eighty Days", and he never moved far beyond that level. He tried "The Idiot" and "The Brothers Karamazov", but found them too depressing, perhaps because his life was anything but Dostoevskian'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: William John Brown      Print: Book


Jules Verne : unknown (see notes below)

'She[a distant Polish relative of Conrad]spoke of you, told me you were her cousin, that you always loved reading Jules Verne's travels, etc., etc.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Joseph Conrad      Print: Book


Jules Verne : Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar

'Today has been uneventful and we go into new trenches at 9.30 tonight. It is one mass of mud here now but will soon dry up with the sun. We shall be six days in the new trenches, and then probably straight back to billets ... Monypenny showed us where we were going tonight and what we should have to do there—then nothing more till tonight—just drowse and curse at the wet and the flies and read "Michael Strogoff"—also listen to the Germans shelling buildings on our right and left and wondering for how long he is going to leave us alone.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Arthur Oscar Hornung      Print: Book


Jules Verne : Les Enfants du capitaine Grant

'David Watson, M.A. of St. Andrews University, used to spend every spare moment of his day and whole Sundays on end with this writer [Ford] standing beside him at his pulpit and construing for him every imaginable kind of book from “Ataxerxes” of Madame de Scudéry and “Les Enfants de [sic] Capitaine Grant” by Jules Verne, to ode after ode of Tibullus, Fouqué’s “Udine” all of the “Inferno”, the greater part of “Lazarillo de Tormes” and “Don Quixote” in the original[…] In addition, Mr. Watson had this writer translate for him orally into French “The Two Admirals”, “The Deerslayer”, and “The Last of the Mohicans”—which made this writer appreciate what a magnificent prose writer Cooper was.’

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Ford Madox Ford      Print: Book


Jules Verne : The Mysterious Island

'Lottie's kind of reading, though I could manage it, was not mine; it was usually fiction conducive of the domestic virtues. At the club, my father discovered a number of volumes which to me were very heaven. The author was Jules Verne. I was quite convinced that he told the truth, and in The Mysterious Island (with an organ on a submarine) I lived in perfect joy and felicity. [...] He eclipsed Marryat and Ballantyne and Kingston for me; and Henty never fully caught my attention.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Edmund Blunden      Print: Book


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