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303 Acknowledgments My interest in Jules Verne in film goes back to the time when as a tenyear -old I happened to see Master of the World on television. I had already begun to read Verne’s books and soon was seeking more, including biographies and critical studies, writing term papers and boring my Star Trek–minded classmates with presentations on this nineteenthcentury author. My interest continued during my studies in film at the University of Southern California, where I found much encouragement. This book owes a very special debt to three individuals in particular , one of whom is noted in the dedication. Another is director Robert Florey, a Verne aficionado himself. As a boy, Florey had lived near the Georges Méliès studio and watched him film his Vernian creations, and he unfolded to me the dynamic exchange between Verne and the cinema that had existed from the beginning of the twentieth century. Florey’s guidance of my youthful hobby ensured that it would flower, and his gift of 1870s Hetzel editions for my twelfth birthday allowed me to perceive the breadth involved in understanding Verne. No book of mine on Verne could also fail to mention the third mentor in my life, Walter James Miller, whose Verne translations I first read at age eleven and guaranteed a proper grasp of the author. When I finally met Walter in 1990, a twenty-year friendship ensued, and my Verne scholarship will always be indebted to his lead and personal kindness. By the late 1980s, Stephen Michaluk Jr. and I began compiling The Jules Verne Encyclopedia, published by Scarecrow in 1996. Partly as a result of this research, we delineated the many Verne stories that remained untranslated into English, and although it had been twentyfive years since any had appeared in English for the first time, in 1993 I was able to persuade Oxford University Press to issue a translation of 304 Acknowledgments Verne’s only fairy tale, Adventures of the Rat Family (1891). For this edition , I wrote an afterword on the Verne stories not yet available in English , and in the wake of The Jules Verne Encyclopedia and Adventures of the Rat Family, other first-time Verne translations began to appear. In 2010, the North American Jules Verne Society asked me to edit its Palik series, stories and plays by Verne that had never before been published in English; as this book goes to press, nine Palik volumes have appeared, all illustrated critical editions. I am grateful for the encouragement offered by other Vernians around the world. The filmographies by Hervé Dumont and Daniel Compère were an international foundation. Jean-Michel Margot and Philippe Burgaud provided invaluable information and videos accessible only in Europe. Ross Bagby rigorously read this manuscript and gave helpful suggestions. Dennis Kytasaari’s mutual interest in film resulted in sharing data and videos. Bert Grollman secured a VHS of The Day before Tomorrow, and Garmt de Vries-Uiterweerd assisted with material from the Nederlands Filmmuseum. Jan Rychlík contributed his thoughts on European Verne filmmaking, and John Goodwin allowed me to read his script of The Steam House. Arnie Davis scanned Verne covers from his incomparable movie tie-in book collection. Larry Brooks, the leading expert on Disney’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, generously shared his knowledge. I am especially thankful to my Library of Congress colleagues Zoran Sinobad, George Willeman, Colleen Cahill, Carol Armbruster, and Clark Evans. Ned Comstock of the University of Southern California Cinema Library went the extra mile in assisting my research. James Layton and Crystal Kui of George Eastman House provided images and data on the 1929 version of The Mysterious Island. At the Centre d’études verniennes de Nantes, Agnès Marcetteau and Jean-Michel Margot facilitated my study of the Verne family’s film-related papers. Kevin Brownlow, Marc Sandberg, Lenny Borger, and Francis Lacassin kindly supplied information from their historical knowledge. Karen Lund taped programs from obscure cable channels. The Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences provided information on various films. Over the years, such dealers as Movie Poster Service and Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee sympatheti- Acknowledgments 305 cally bolstered my collection of Verne movie memorabilia, and I benefitted from scans preserved by Ed Poole at Elvira Berkowitsch and Pachara Yongvongpaibul furnished help in preparing the illustrations. Filmmakers Edward Bernds, Michael Anderson, Ken Adam, Juan Piquer Simón, George MacDonald Fraser, Nicholas Meyer, Richard Matheson...


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