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Overview

In literary circles, Jules Verne is hailed as the creator of science fiction, and “the man who invented the future,” for the imaginative worlds his novels inhabited and the extraordinary inventions his characters created. Over two decades before mankind invented the submarine, Verne imagined it in 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. A century before the first person ever set foot on the moon, Verne wrote From the Earth to the Moon, about a device capable of launching humans into space. With little to no data to draw from, Verne attempted to accurately calculate how these fantastic inventions would interact with the reality he inhabited, setting the stage for a nearly untouched literary genre—science fiction.

The Select Works of Jules Verne (8 vols.) contains eight of Verne’s famous novels, including 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days, From the Earth to the Moon, and more. For over a century, Verne’s works have inspired ingenuity and invention, and sparked the imaginations of young and old alike. Scholars, lovers of literature, and adventurous young adults will all enjoy diving into the worlds of Jules Verne.

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Key Features

  • Eight imaginative novels by Jules Verne
  • Some of the earliest works of science fiction
  • Fascinating stories of invention and adventure

Praise for the Author

No praise of his collected works is strong enough . . . they are truly useful, entertaining, poignant, and moral; and Europe and America have merely produced rivals that are remarkably similar to them, but in any case inferior.

Le Constitutionnel

[Verne was a] man of incommensurate genius. . . [He] raised himself to the highest peaks that can be attained by human language.

—Raymond Roussel, French poet

Jules Verne had already been dead for a dozen years when I was born. Yet I feel strongly connected to him, and his works of science fiction had a major influence on my own career. He is among the top five people I wish I could have met in person.

—Arthur C. Clarke, cowriter of 2001: A Space Odyssey

I used to be somewhat ashamed of my love of Verne, but have recently discovered that he is the darling of the French avant-garde, who take him far more seriously than we Anglo-Saxons do. So I’m in good company.

—Margaret Drabble, English novelist

We are all, in one way or another, the children of Jules Verne.

—Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451

Jules Verne was in a sense the director-general of my life.

—Simon Lake, naval architect and submarine design pioneer

In a very real sense, Jules Verne is one of the pioneers of the space age.

—Frank Borman, former commander of Apollo 8, NASA

Yes, sir, it’s like doing a Jules Verne, because for twenty years, the people who move forward have been doing a Jules Verne.

—Hubert Lyautey, general, French Army (1873–1925), and “French empire builder”

. . . Over the last forty years, they have had an influence unequalled by any other books on the children of this and every country in Europe. And the influence has been good, in so far as can be judged today.

L’Humanite

Leo Tolstoy loved his works. ‘Jules Verne’s novels are matchless,’ he would say. ‘I read them as an adult, and yet I remember they excited me.’ Jules Verne is an astonishing past master at the art of constructing a story that fascinates and impassions the reader.

—Cyril Andreyev, from “Preface to the Complete Works”

Product Details

  • Title: Select Works of Jules Verne
  • Author: Jules Verne
  • Editors:
  • Translators:
  • Volumes: 8
  • Pages: 2,463

Individual Titles

20,000 Leagues under the Sea

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • Publisher: Geo. M. Smith & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1873
  • Pages: 303

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Often considered Jules Verne’s masterpiece, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea is a classic work of science fiction, depicting an adventure aboard Captain Nemo’s highly advanced underwater vessel, Nautilus. The wildly eccentric Captain Nemo drags the protagonists along on his quest for knowledge and revenge. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea influenced writers like H. G. Wells and has inspired countless adaptations.

When Jules Verne lists all the names of fish over four pages in 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, I feel as though I am reading a poem.

—Georges Perec, author of Life a User’s Manual

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1905
  • Pages: 305

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In this quintessential science fiction novel, Verne tells the story of a German professor who seeks to prove that there are volcanic tubes leading to the center of the earth. Accompanied by his nephew and a guide, he enters a volcano and embarks on a perilous adventure. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth has been adapted into a number of other works, and significantly influenced the science fiction genre.

Around the World in Eighty Days

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • Translator: George Makepeace Towle
  • Publisher: James R. Osgood and Company
  • Publication Date: 1876
  • Pages: 315

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Around the World in Eighty Days follows the adventure of Phileas Fogg and his French valet as they attempt to win a £20,000 bet by travelling around the world in 80 days.

George Makepeace Towle (1841–1893) was an American lawyer, politician, author, and translator. In 1861, he graduated in arts from Yale University, and in 1863, he graduated in law from Harvard Law school. He was friends with Charles Dickens, and contributed articles to Dickens’ periodical, “All the Year Round.” In 1880, Towle became president of the Papyrus club. He published more than 50 books, including Glimpses of History, American Society, and Beaconsfield.

We will only remind readers en passant of Around the World in Eighty Days, that tour de force of Mr. Verne’s—and not the first he has produced. Here, however, he has summarized and concentrated himself, so to speak . . .

Le Constitutionnel

Jules Verne’s masterpiece . . . stimulated our childhood and taught us more than all the atlases: the taste of adventure and the love of travel. ‘Thirty thousand banknotes for you, Captain, if we reach Liverpool within the hour.’ This cry of Phileas Fogg’s remains for me the call of the sea.

—Jean Cocteau, Mon premier voyage

From the Earth to the Moon

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1905
  • Pages: 323

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In 1865, Jules Verne envisioned a lunar landing. From the Earth to the Moon follows the story of the Baltimore Gun Club’s mission to construct a gun capable of launching people into space in its projectiles. In the novel, Verne provides some of his own calculations for how such a cannon might work. Despite having almost no data to work from, some of his calculations were shockingly close. From the Earth to the Moon influenced H. G. Wells’ 1901 novel, The First Men in the Moon, and together the two novels inspired Georges Méliès’ famous film, A Trip to the Moon. The novel was also adapted into opera, and is frequently mentioned in other works involving space travel.

His first books, the shortest, Around the World or From the Earth to the Moon, are still the best in my view.

L’Humanité

The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • Publisher: James R. Osgood and Company
  • Publication Date: 1876
  • Pages: 440

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras follows a British expedition to the north pole, led by Captian John Hatteras. The crew encounters a number of obstacles along the way, including polar bears, the elements, and each other.

Dropped From the Clouds

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • Translator: W. H. G. Kingston
  • Publisher: Sampson Low, Marston & Company
  • Publication Date: 1875
  • Pages: 310

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This is the first volume of Verne’s 195,000 word novel, The Mysterious Island. The novel bridges the worlds of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and In Search of the Castaways. Influenced by Robinson Crusoe, The Mysterious Island follows a group of survivors, stranded on an island where inexplicable things happen.

William Henry Giles Kingston (1814–1880) was a British writer of young-adult adventure novels. He is credited for translating several works of Jules Verne’, although it is known in most literary circles that it was actually his wife—Agnes Kinloch Kingston—who translated these works. W. H. G. Kingston’s own novels include The Circassian Chief and Peter the Whaler.

Abandoned

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • Translator: W. H. G. Kingston
  • Publisher: E. P. Dutton & Co
  • Publication Date: 1909
  • Pages: 237

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This is the second volume of Verne’s 195,000 word novel, The Mysterious Island. The novel bridges the worlds of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and In Search of the Castaways. Influenced by Robinson Crusoe, The Mysterious Island follows a group of survivors, stranded on an island where inexplicable things happen.

William Henry Giles Kingston (1814–1880) was a British writer of young-adult adventure novels. He is credited for translating several works of Jules Verne’s, although it is known in most literary circles that it was actually his wife—Agnes Kinloch Kingston—who translated the works. W. H. G. Kingston’s own novels include The Circassian Chief and Peter the Whaler.

The Secret of the Island

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • Translator: W. H. G. Kingston
  • Publisher: J. M. Dent & Sons
  • Publication Date: 1909
  • Pages: 230

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This is the third volume of Verne’s 195,000 word novel, The Mysterious Island. The novel bridges the worlds of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and In Search of the Castaways. Influenced by Robinson Crusoe, The Mysterious Island follows a group of survivors, stranded on an island where inexplicable things happen.

William Henry Giles Kingston (1814–1880) was a British writer of young-adult adventure novels. He is credited for translating several works of Jules Verne’s, although it is known in most literary circles that it was actually his wife—Agnes Kinloch Kingston—who translated the works. W. H. G. Kingston’s own novels include The Circassian Chief and Peter the Whaler.

Product Details

  • Title: Select Works of Jules Verne
  • Author: Jules Verne
  • Editors:
  • Translators:
  • Volumes: 8
  • Pages: 2,463

About Jules Verne

Jules Gabriel Verne (1828–1905) was a French novelist, playwright, and poet. In many literary circles he is called the creator of science fiction, and “the man who invented the future,” for the imaginative worlds his adventure novels inhabited and the extraordinary inventions his characters created. Over two decades before mankind invented the submarine, Verne imagined it in 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. A century before the first person ever set foot on the moon, Verne wrote From the Earth to the Moon, about a device capable of launching human beings into space. With little to no data to draw from, Verne attempted to accurately calculate how these fantastic inventions would interact with the reality he inhabited, setting the stage for a nearly untouched literary genre—science fiction.