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Travel Scholarships (Early Classics of Science Fiction) by [Verne, Jules]
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About the Author

JULES VERNE (1828 1905) was the first author to popularize the literary genre that has become known as science fiction. TERI J. HERNANDEZ is a professor of French and Spanish, and specializes in Francophone literature especially the works of African and Caribbean writers. ARTHUR B. EVANS is a professor of French at DePauw University, who has published numerous books and articles on Jules Verne and is the general editor of the Early Classics of Science Fiction book series. VOLKER DEHS is an internationally recognized specialist on Verne, and lives in Germany."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 23035 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan (12 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,602,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Verne's British publisher, Sampson Low, essentially abandoned him in the last years of his life, and several of his late-career novels weren't translated into our language. As he'd always done, Verne rotated genres from book to book; his newest achievements in science fiction, adventure, and intrigue came out successively in French editions, but it made no difference - Sampson Low gave them all the cold shoulder, and English versions were delayed for decades ... sometimes, as with "Travel Scholarships," for more than a century. Why the snub? My guess is administrative shakeups and belt tightening. But in any case, as Wesleyan editor Arthur B. Evans acknowledges in his preface, "The exact historical reasons are difficult to discern."

It was a shame nonetheless. Even in his seventies Verne was the craftiest of old pros, a tale spinner with a huge bag of tricks, and "Travel Scholarships" shows him in solid form with one of his specialties. Published in Paris in 1903, this is the last holdout among his untranslated novels, and it's one of Verne's slickest, shrewdest sea stories. The yarn is laid in the 1870s and begins in the British Isles: escaped convicts hijack a charter cruise bound for the West Indies. The vessel's passengers are nine lads ready to come of age, student winners of a summer trip to select islands in the Antilles; their adult protector is the school's bean-counting bursar. The runaway thugs scheme to murder them all, plunder their scholarship money, and lead a life of piracy in the Pacific; but they need to move cautiously, playacting as good guys and able seamen.
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