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A new Jules Verne tale is reason enough for ringing the bell in your town square. Fans of Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island, In Search of the Castaways, The Light at the Edge of the World, Around the World in 80 Days, and Journey to the Center of the Earth can now enjoy three new stories in their first ever English translations.

An Excursion at Sea: a humorous account of a nautical adventure that foreshadows incidents in many of Verne’s classic books. Two lovers, a character in disguise, a pirate ship, and smugglers compete to rivet your attention on this fascinating foray into adventure and romance.    

Le Guimard: a love triangle scorching in the City of Seven Hills resonates against an all-important art competition, where Verne paints indelibly colorful portraits of a seductive, manipulative model and a younger artist, who alone can love her despite her fiery emotions and capricious games.

The Thousand and Second Night: within the intriguing world of the Arabian Nights, a Sultan challenges a storyteller to regale him with endless tales that stimulate his imagination, but should the sagas cease, her death will be the final story she will see. Can a teller of tales hope to live happily ever after? 

These three plays by Jules Verne are introduced in this illustrated volume that weaves the timeless theme of hidden love into contrasting tapestries of escapades, exoticism, and emotions. Discover newfound insight in Jules Verne’s creative process. Volume 11 in The Palik Series featuring Jules Verne (author), Peter Schulman (translator), and Brian Taves (editor). 

About Peter Schulman: he earned his doctorate in French and Romance Philology from Columbia University, and is Professor of French and International Studies at Old Dominion University. He is the author of The Sunday of Fiction: The Modern French Eccentric, and recently translated Jules Verne’s The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz.  

About Brian Taves: he is the author of Hollywood Presents Jules Verneand many other books on film history and popular culture, and he currently is Editor of the North American Jules Verne Society’s Palik Series, books and plays by Verne never before translated into English, also published by BearManor Media.

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