How Jules Verne Crossed the Atlantic
Tuesday 24 September
7 to 8pm
Jean-Michel Margot is an internationally recognized specialist on the 19th century novelist and currently serves as VP of the North American Jules Verne Society. Margot has published several books and articles on the author, including translations of the introductions to "Around the World in 80 Days", "The 1874 Play" and "Bandits & Rebels".
Verne is generally considered a major literary author in France and most of Europe, where he has had a wide influence on the literary avant-garde and on surrealism.
His reputation is markedly different in Anglophone regions, where he has often been labeled a writer of genre fiction or children's books, largely because of the highly abridged and altered translations in which his novels have often been printed.
In this talk, Jean-Michel Margot will focus on the influence of Jules Verne's fiction in American literature.
Jules Verne, was a prolific 19th century French author whose writings laid much of the foundation of modern science fiction. Among his most famous novels are Journey to the Centre of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days.
Verne has been the second most-translated author in the world since 1979, ranking between Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare. He has sometimes been called the "Father of Science Fiction", a title that has also been given to H. G. Wells, Mary Shelley, and Hugo Gernsback.