Day #159 Run/exercise dedicated to an author who shares with a few others the title of “father of science fiction” and the 2nd most translated author in the world after W. Shakspear- this is Jules Verne 1828-1905 (77yo). Born in a French seaport city and meant to follow his father in a law career he dropped out of it to peruse writing- poems, plays and novels.
A story about him tells he tried to go to The Indies as a cabin boy but his dad caught him the next day as the ship docked before leaving France and making him promise never to travel except in his imagination at 19yo he started to write with his role model being Victor Hugo who published by then (1831) The Notre Dan de Paris (he would have the same publisher even as Hugo publishing his work-Mr. Hetzel (Herzel also published Balzac, George Sand (Chopin lover). His loss of his first love his cousin who was married to an older man while he went to Paris to study at law school and his second love who reciprocated it in poems and the forced to Mary a much older but reach man marked his writings forever with images of young women forced to mary older men by their parents for money.
He suffered from bouts of abdominal pain believed today to be colitis and about 4 times occasions of facial paralysis believed now as days to have been from infection in his middle ear.
Connections are everything and he was using them- (today people want to prove they do it by themselves...) he didn’t care and Thank Gd for that. Through his family contacts he entered the literary saloons, through a friend palm reader he met Alexander Duma and ended up showing his son a comedy play that they both worked in together and ended up with Dumas dad succeeding to put on the stage. Through the luck of the draw he escaped military conscription (he hated war). This was the time of the 2nd French Republic In 1948 that replaces king Philip elected Napoléon the 3rd and in 1951 he self proclaimed (with popular support) himself as an emperor of France similarly to his famous Uncle Napoléon the 1st.
He completed law school but refused his fathers offer to take over his law practice or for that matter practice law. He went to a friends wedding w - 2 hours ago