Originally published in the January 1894 issue of “McClure’s” magazine, this Kindle edition, equivalent in length to a physical book of approximately 20 pages, provides Jules Verne’s own account of his life and work, as told to journalist R. H. Sherard.
Sample passage: I rise every morning before five—a little later, perhaps, in the winter—and at five am at my desk, remaining at work till eleven, I work very slowly and with greatest care, writing and rewriting until each sentence takes the form that I desire. I have always at least ten novels in my head in advance, subjects and plots thought out, so that, you see, if I am spared, I shall have no difficulty in completing the eighty novels which I spoke of. But it is over my proofs that I spend most time. I am never satisfied with less than seven or eight proofs, and correct and correct again, until it may be safely said the last proof bears hardly any traces of the original manuscript. This means a great sacrifice of pocket, as well as of time, but I have always tried my best for form and style, though people have never done me justice in this respect.
About the author: Jules Verne (1828–1905) was a French writer of fiction. Best known among his novels are “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” “Around the World in Eighty Days,” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”