Jules Verne: The Definitive Biography

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Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 369 pages
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From the established expert on the subject comes this new biography of one of the world's most successful writers. Breath-taking in scope, and full of the kind of revelations sure to cause press and controversy, Butcher combines existing and new research on Verne's life with the evidence from Verne's works to explore what sort of man Jules Verne was, how he achieved what he did, what went on inside his head, what really made him tick.
Butcher examines the forgotten nitty-gritty of Verne's life: his appearance, his schoolmates, the size of his bedroom, who he talked to and slept with, who he fell out with and was sued by, the fibs he told, how he got to work, how much he made, what he did on his days off, where he went, what he studied, what he read, whether he was a good husband and father -- in sum, all the behavior that points to personality, as only a family member can know it.

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This is a slightly difficult biography to review. The author has clearly done extremely thorough, in fact obsessive, research into Verne's life. This detail is part of the problem. The biographer ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

William Butcher lives in Hong Kong, where he is a professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. He has been the leading international authority on Verne for twenty years. His countless articles and eight books have led him to an unparalleled knowledge of this multi-faceted man. He has exclusive access to hundreds of unpublished documents.

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