Around the World in 80 Days - The 1874 Play (ebook)
Volume 6 of the Palik Series, published in conjunction with the North American Jules Verne Society
Jules Verne’s most famous novel was originally conceived as a play—and had its greatest nineteenth century success as a stage play that was adapted by Verne. The play ran for thousands of performances in many different countries, including the United States.
Here is the original play script, translated directly from the French by the producers of the original Broadway presentation. The play has been unpublished since 1874.
Verne collaborated with Adolphe d’Ennery to create a distinctive version of the story that features many different characters and episodes than are in his novel.
Included in this volume is an Introduction about how the play was created and staged, followed by the the first-ever translation of Verne’s essay, “The Meridians and the Calendar,” explaining how the fictional Phileas Fogg accomplished his feat of going around the world in eighty days.
By Jules Verne and Adolphe d’Ennery. The original translation commissioned by the Kiralfy Brothers. Introduction by Philippe Burgaud, with Jean-Michel Margot and Brian Taves. Afterword, “The Meridians and the Calendar,” by Jules Verne, Translated and Annotated by Jean-Louis Trudel. Appendix, "The Play on Screen," by Brian Taves.