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Jules Verne: An Exploratory Biography

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Drawing on previously unpublished letters and papers, Herbert R. Lottman reveals Jules Verne, the pioneer of the science fiction genre and the uncannily accurate forecaster of twentieth-century invention, in an entirely new light. In this groundbreaking biography, Lottman explores the dark, private side of the visionary writer. In his long-lost novel, Paris in the Twentiet ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1996)
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Dec 31, 2015 TheAromaofBooks rated it really liked it
This biography followed the life of one of my dad’s favorite authors, Jules Verne. The author of such famous tales as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Journey to the Center of the Earth, Verne wrote a bizarre and (at the time) fresh combination of adventure and science fiction presented as almost-fact.

While Verne’s books can sometimes get overly technical (I learned to skip any paragraph with latitudes and longitudes when reading 20,000 Leagues), they are still
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Jan 15, 2016 Rafael Ontivero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creo que se trata de la biografía más completa y seria que existe, o al menos de todas las que conozco.

El autor se basa en hechos, como cartas, entrevistas, y deja de lado los tópicos habituales fomentados por los primeros biógrafos con más ganas de fantasear y presentar a un Verne acorde a los gustos de su familia y de la sociedad que de la realidad en sí.

También es cierto que tropieza varias veces consigo mismo, adelantando hechos que luego matiza.
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Oct 05, 2014 Jim Razinha rated it liked it
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 do
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Herbert Lottman was an American journalist and author who spend most of his life in France.
He majored in English and biology at the University of New York, graduating in 1948 and earned a master’s in English from Columbia in 1951.
In 1956 he moved to Paris and became the manager of the Paris branch of the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He also was writing for Publishers Weekly for four decade
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