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Jules Verne: An Exploratory Biography

by Herbert R. Lottman

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Easy, if overall slow read. I kept putting it aside for failing to retain my attention.

Still, it was interesting, if academic, and a fan of Verne may unfairly come away with the image tarnished. Tarnished not because of Verne, but because of Lottman's treatment...slow, and an odd mix of broad-based critique with excruciating attention to irrelevant minutia of details of Verne's life.

In this case, shoot the messenger. I loved Verne from childhood and knowing the man, as an adult, fortunately doesn't impact the memory of the love, but that's because I was able to overcome a plodding narrative. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
This is an excellent biography of Jules Verne.
  degross | Oct 5, 2008 |
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Herbert R. Lottman's biography of Jules Verne dwells on the sources of the pioneering author's creative impulses, drawing a portrait of a complicated man, driven by an insatiable wanderlust that led him to uproot his staid life in Paris, to move to the hinterlands where he recreated himself as a writer of captivating stories of science fiction, a genre he virtually created. Drawing from Verne's previously unpublished correspondence, Lottman provides revealing details about Verne's life, his worries for his troubled son Michel, and the relationship with his domineering publisher and editor Pierre-Jules Hetzel, all of which provides new insight into Verne and his written work. Perhaps most fascinating is the close relationship between the success of Verne's work and the innovative marketing of his novels by Hetzel, showing that Verne was not only creating new genres, but also blazing trails as a literary media star.

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