Around the World in Eighty Days (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

byJULES VERNEIntroduction byJames Hynes

May 26, 2008|
Around the World in Eighty Days (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) by JULES VERNE
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Around the World in Eighty Days, published originally as a newspaper serial in 1872 and released as a book the following year was well received in both formats.  Its hero, Phileas Fogg, is a leisured but taciturn Londoner of such mathematically precise habits that he has fired his servant for bringing him shaving water two degrees too cold.  Over a game of cards, Fogg wagers twenty thousand pounds that he can travel around the world in eighty days or less.  What follows is a headlong adventure full of trains, ships, elephants, and wind sledges, not to mention human sacrifice, duels, and Indian attacks.  A successful combination of modern speed and period quaintness, Around the World in Eighty Days has become a delightful, timeless, steam-driven classic.
Born in 1828, Jules Verne dutifully followed the career track of an ordinary bourgeois Frenchman.  However literary ambition soon took over and at the age of twenty he began publishing plays and short stories. In 1862 he teamed up with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel and the two men entered into one of the most fruitful relationships...
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Title:Around the World in Eighty Days (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:224 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.56 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.56 in
Published:May 26, 2008
Publisher:Barnes & Noble
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780760793626

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