Volume 9 of the Palik Series, published in conjunction with the North American Jules Verne Society
Translated with an introduction and notes,
by Danièle Chatelain and George Slusser
Here is not only a treasure, but a literary revelation—thevery first novel by Jules Verne. Finished by the age of twenty and under theinfluence of Edgar Allan Poe, A Priest in 1835 was composed before Verne encounteredany editors to hone his storytelling skills. Yet this tyro effort is amasterpiece, a gothic tale told in a modernist style with a nonlinearnarrative. Noted science fiction scholars Danièle Chatelain and George Slusseroffer this first English translation, with extensive critical commentary. APriest in 1835 reveals that Verne not only had the prophetic skills that wouldrender him the father of science fiction, but a technique that would win him aplace among the vanguard of 21st century authors. Vintage early engravingsreveal the novel’s actual settings, in Verne’s home town of Nantes.
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