Interesting facts about Jules Verne

In the biography of the famous science fiction writer Jules Verne, there are many episodes worthy of attention. For example, he has never been to Russia, but the events of nine of his novels take place in our country.

In 1863, the young Jules Verne brought to one of the publishing houses the novel Paris in the 20th Century, in which he predicted the invention of the fax and the electric chair. In addition, Jules Verne described glass skyscrapers and the rise in fertility outside of marriage. However, the publisher returned the manuscript to the author, advising him to write something "less improbable." By the way, the publisher was not the only skeptic; many readers treated the author's predictions with suspicion, assuring that “this cannot be, because it can never be”.

Contemporaries noted the incredible efficiency of the writer - he could be at his desk for 14-15 hours a day. This is not surprising: the writer's novels were very popular, therefore, publishers often rushed the author.

Jules Verne is often called a "armchair" writer, accusing him of describing the adventures of his characters sitting at a table. This is not entirely true: Jules Verne traveled a lot during his life, visited most European countries, as well as the United States and Algeria. Even at the age of 11, Jules wanted to get a cabin boy on a ship and go to India, but the young traveler was caught and returned home.

Jules Verne

Jules Verne signed his first contract with the publishing house in 1863. Under the terms of the contract, the writer had to prepare at least three works a year, for each of which he received 1, 900 francs. Within 8 years, Verne's income had grown significantly - for each novel, he received 6, 000 francs.

In the Russian Empire, Jules Verne's novel "Journey to the Center of the Earth" was banned for a long time. This was due to the fact that anti-religious motives were clearly traced in the work. But in the Soviet Union, the writer's works were incredibly popular: during the years of Soviet power, the total circulation of the author's works exceeded 50, 000, 000 copies.

For the novel "Around the World in Eighty Days" the author took up after he read in one of the newspapers a note that with the capabilities of vehicles of that time, a traveler is able to travel around our planet in just such a time.

Many aircraft designers and astronauts admitted that in childhood they literally read the works of the French writer.

Jules Verne died in 1905 from diabetes. The writer went blind shortly before his death, but did not give up - he dictated his works to assistants.