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One of the great “first novels” in world literature is now available in a complete, accurate English translation. Prepared by two of America’s leading Verne scholars, Frederick Paul Walter and Arthur B. Evans, this edition honors not only Verne’s farseeing science, but also his zest, style, and storytelling brilliance. Initially published in 1863, Five Weeks in a Balloon was the first novel in what would become the author’s "Extraordinary Voyages" series. It tells the tale of a 4,000-mile balloon trip over the mysterious continent of Africa, a trip that wouldn’t actually take place until well into the next century. Fusing adventure, comedy, and science fiction, Five Weeks has all the key ingredients of classic Verne: sly humor and cheeky characters, an innovative scientific invention, a tangled plot that’s full of suspense and surprise, and visions of an unknown realm. As part of the Early Classics of Science Fiction series, this critical edition features extensive notes, all the illustrations from the original French edition, and a complete Verne biography and bibliography. Five Weeks in a Balloon will be a prized addition to libraries and science fiction reading lists, and a must-read for Verne fans and steampunk connoisseurs.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction: Verne Takes Off
  2. pp. xi-xxxi
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  1. Five Weeks in a Balloon
  2. pp. 1-292
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  1. Note on the Translation
  2. pp. 293-294
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  1. Gallery of Heroes
  2. pp. 295-304
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 305-314
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 315-348
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  1. Jules Gabriel Verne: A Biography
  2. pp. 349-356
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 357-360
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780819575487
Related ISBN
9780819575470
MARC Record
OCLC
911033923
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2015-06-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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