The great underwater adventure story by the 'Father of Science Fiction'
Jules Verne was born in France in 1828 and died in 1905. His
collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel was wildly
successful, producing many brilliant novels in the burgeoning genre
of science fiction- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,Journey to the
Centre of the Earth and Around the World in 80 Days,
among others. Verne is the second most translated author in the
world, after Agatha Christie and before Shakespeare.
David Coward is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Leeds and has translated many books from French for Penguin Classics.