Jules Verne, the curiosities of his life that will surprise you. Drawing of the sculptor's tomb.

Jules Verne, the curiosities of his life that will surprise you

We are going to explain a compilation of anecdotes and curiosities from the life of Julio Verne.This year 2023 is the 195th anniversary of his birth, we are five years away from celebrating the second centenary of the great writer. His work is a sure value, as demonstrated by the strategic commitment of Rebuildables with its Jules Verne Collection.

The curiosities of the life of Jules Verne

anticipate inventions - Barely left France - vernian notes - Verne Advisors - Attack of his nephew - prolific author - Councilor - The Voyage of the Nautilus - exact space travel - the royal journey - futuristic essay - Spanish - technological hope - boarding school leaks - hunger and poverty - film inspiration - Interest in science - Research - Jules Verne's grave - The last post - The Dumas pushed it - Work method - misogen - Nationalities - narrate trips - Character names - i hate bankers - possible plagiarism - logistics forecast - Multi-area forecasts - burned your documents - literary references - your name on the moon - Telescope - Translations - A pending prediction - Verne in balloon -

anticipate inventions

Among the inventions that he was able to anticipate are: the elevator, weapons of mass destruction, talking dolls, helicopters, spaceships, electric motors, the Internet, trips to the moon, totalitarian governments, the conquest of the North and South Poles.

Barely left France

Although he traveled through his novels, Verne hardly left France. The desire to travel, learn and live adventures is reflected in all his characters and in all the attempts he had as a child to go and fulfill his dreams.

vernian notes

Jules Verne wrote down everything he saw in the magazines of the time on small cards (more than 20.000). Scholars of his life claim that when Verne died he had thousands of logogriphs on those cards. Also many stories and data that would have been of great interest to learn Vernian thought.

Verne Advisors

At the time of making his novels, Verne had the help of two mathematicians Albert Badoreau and Henri Garcet, a navigator Paul Verne and a Librarian Gabriel Marce, so that his stories would have a plausible basis.

Attack of his nephew

In 1886 the writer was attacked by a relative, his nephew Gastón when he was returning home. The young man fired twice and hit him in the leg, leaving him with a lifelong limp. Said nephew had altered mental faculties and was admitted to an insane asylum for the rest of his life.

prolific author

Verne is one of the writers who has published the most books, since for 40 years he managed to write at least one annual book, for which he added an amount of 80 works, including books and articles.


Jules Verne was a councilor in Amiens, the city where he lived, died and is buried....
In 1888, Verne decided to take an active role in the municipal policy. He was elected councilor appearing in his city of residence for the Socialist Party. Over fifteen years he proposed a series of improvements to his city at his own expense. His area of ​​activity was Education, Museums and Festivals. One of his most important achievements was the construction of a circus, where adaptations of his works were performed as well as other regular shows in the circus world. In his time he was considered socially as a good provincial bourgeois, who collaborated with the Socialist Party, a bourgeois socialism and very conservative in terms of customs.

The Voyage of the Nautilus

At the time of publishing 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea, the submarine already existed, but at that time it was not possible to navigate below the North and South Poles, it was not until 50 years after publication that navigation through the waters was possible. of the poles

exact space travel

The calculations of Verne's work coincide both in the place of takeoff and landing of the first guided trip to the moon, with the characteristic that the author sent his characters on the ship from a cannon

the royal journey

The novel Around the World in 80 Days has a real basis, it was inspired by the Tycoon George Francis Train who tried twice to go around the world in 80 days without success and on the third attempt he succeeded in less than 80 days

futuristic essay

Trip to the Moon was for Verne a scientific essay, an area where to carry out experiments and no, a place impossible to reach


In Jules Verne's books there are never any Spanish characters. He had a mania for them. There are only mentions of Spain in 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea. The news that inspired him was the encounter of a French whaler with a giant squid in Tenerife.

technological hope

At the beginning of his years as a writer, Verne had great hopes in technology, but little by little he became pessimistic about the subject, reflecting it in his writings.

boarding school leaks

His father punished him for trying to escape from boarding school and made him promise that from that day on he would only travel with his imagination....
When he was little he was admitted to a school and there he tried to escape because he didn't like it. With a rope made from the sheets in the bedroom, he lowered himself through a window. He was spotted by an outfielder and finished the first down. Later he attempted another escape at the age of eleven. His objective was Marseilles to catch a boat to reach the Antilles where he wanted to buy a pearl necklace as a gift for a cousin he had fallen in love with, Caroline. The attempt was also aborted as his father was able to get to the ship before he left and earned a beating.

hunger and poverty

At the age of 20, when he was a university student, he suffered from hunger and poverty....
She studied law at her father's wish but when she refused to study a career that she did not like, her father stopped giving her money. Her few savings were used to buy books and she also spent long hours in the library. Her hardships and hunger caused her nervous problems that caused facial paralysis and jerks, she also had intestinal problems. She came to write a letter to her mother with the following content. ;
You are probably aware, my dear mother, that there is a hiatus that separates both buttocks and it is nothing but the end of the intestine. (...) Now, in my case, the rectum, prey to a very natural impatience, has a tendency to slip out and, consequently, not to retain its very pleasant content as hermetically as would be desirable. (...) serious inconvenience for a young man whose intention is to mingle in society and not in dirt. Because to say it once, my ass does not close well.

film inspiration

There are 95 films that have been based on Verne's books

Interest in science

He had a great interest in science, so he was constantly reading scientific articles from which he got the information to write his novels.


The scientific and geographical data used in his novels had to be as accurate as possible, since Verne carried out his work after a great study and investigation.

Jules Verne's grave

His grave is in the La Madeleine cemetery in Amiens northeast of Paris. The sculptor Albert-Dominique Roze (1861-1952), had sculpted at the request of the writer himself, who was his friend, a statue representing Verne emerging from the grave with his right arm raised and looking at the sky. There are several legends circulating about this site and its purpose. His face is from the wax cast of his own face at death and the slab is full of symbols whose meaning is not known.

The last post

The 1863th Century Paris Novel was written for the year 1994 and was inspired by a melancholic and dismal version of the future, which was not published until 1989, thanks to the fact that his great-grandson discovered it in XNUMX in a safe.

The Dumas pushed it

Thanks to the fact that in Paris he met the Dumas father and son, Verne began in the world of literature

Work method

To make his novels, Verne wrote fiction and added data and scientific equations, managing to generate a contrast, in the same way he carefully assigned the geographical data that he added in his stories.


The author was part of a group of misogynistic writers who called themselves -The eleven without a woman-, he was expelled when he married Honorine Deviane Morel. His companions considered them a betrayal.


In the work of Jules Verne you can see the archetypes of people who always define the same way according to their nationalities....
This is how the author sees people according to their nationality in the vernian literature, which is reflected in his books:
  • French: brave and leaders, logical because they are the compatriots of the author himself.
  • English: phlegmatic and very enclosed in their world. They are often ridiculed. It also outlines them in another positive aspect as great heroes in travel novels (Five weeks in a balloon, Around the world in eighty days...). In others they are defined as merciless colonialists.
  • Russians: honorable and trustworthy. Workers, possibly influenced by the many Russian aristocrats who frequented or lived in Paris.
  • Jews: They are generally defined as greedy, which gave rise to criticism from French Jews who described the author as anti-Semite.
  • Spanish: He barely talks about them in his work, he didn't like them. He defines them as lazy.

narrate trips

The series known as Extraordinary Voyages that had a total of 60 deliveries, among which are the successes to the center of the earth and Twenty thousand leagues under the sea

Character names

The names of some of his characters were anagrams or inspired by real names such as Nadar or Phileas Fogg, referring to the well-known Fog Club.

i hate bankers

In the book Paris in the XNUMXth century, Verne reflects a profound disdain for bankers and capitalism....
It is believed that the reason why the French writer despised this sector was due to experiences when he worked in the stock market.

possible plagiarism

Verne was accused of plagiarizing his novel Journey to the Center of the Earth, but the accuser León Delmas could not prove the accusation and he was declared innocent.

logistics forecast

In his work Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, he detailed the ocean as a great natural cupboard where man could stock up not only on fish but also on a large quantity of vegetables for consumption, such as algae.

Multi-area forecasts

In other areas, this remarkable writer was able to predict the generation of audiovisual newscasts, videoconferences, solar sails, aerial advertising

burned your documents

Before Jules Verne died he burned all his notes. Anagrams, riddles, notes, notes, etc. he burned everything so that no one could know about his creative process and the mistakes he had made in it.

literary references

He was a great admirer of the writers Charles Dickens and HG Wells. The latter was a pioneer of the science fiction genre.

your name on the moon

His name is on one of the mountains on the hidden side of the Moon and he shares this honor with Herbert George Wells.


Verne placed the great telescope on Mount Palomar in California, which is where it was built many years later


Verne is the second most translated author of all time, after Agatha Christie.

A pending prediction

The work Journey to the Center of the Earth is the only one that does not have confirmation about the wonderful representations of Verne

Verne in balloon

The only time Verne tried to travel in a balloon, he did not last more than 24 minutes in it, although his first published book was of a trip for 5 weeks in a balloon
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Author Ana Carvajal Jimenez | Articles de Ana Carvajal Jimenez
Ana Carvajal is a teacher and writer from Malaga. She has a degree in English Philology and a master's degree in Training. She is an advisor to TopInfluencers in the cultural area.

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