When Professor Pierre Aronnax and harpoonist Ned Land join an expedition to hunt a fierce whale that has been sinking ships, little do they expect that they will soon become captives of Captain Nemo, a self-exiled renegade who prowls the sea in his magnificent submarine, the Nautilus, seeking revenge against the civilised world that he feels has betrayed him. Aboard the Nautilus, Aronnax and Land are introduced to an undersea world that is mysterious, marvellous and exhilarating, and have extraordinary adventures among the flora and fauna of the ocean. First published in 1870 as one of Jules Verne's Extraordinary Voyages , Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is revered as a landmark of science fiction and a classic tale of wonder. This edition is one Barnes & Noble s leatherbound classics for young readers. It features full-colour art by Milo Winter, an elegant bonded leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark and distinctive gilt edging. This volume will provide hours of pleasure for readers of all ages.
Jules Verne was born in Nantes in 1828, the eldest of five children
of a prosperous family claiming French, Breton, and Scottish
ancestry. His early years were happy apart from an unfulfilled
passion for his cousin Caroline. Literature always attracted him
and while taking a law degree in Paris he wrote a number of plays.
His first book, about a journey to Scotland, was not published
during his lifetime. However, in 1862, Five Weeks in a Balloon was
accepted by the publisher Hetzel, becoming an immediate success.
It was followed by Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Twenty
Thousand Leagues under the Seas, Around the World in Eighty Days,
and sixty other novels, covering the whole world (and below
and beyond). Verne himself travelled over three continents, before
suddenly selling his yacht in 1886. Eight of the books appeared after
his death in 1905--although they were in fact written partly by his