Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Researchers in Scotland Discover New Works By Jules Verne

Researchers in Scotland have uncovered dozens of previously unknown works by the pioneering science fiction writer Jules Verne.

Although Verne died in 1905 his novels such as "Around the World in 80 Days," "A Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea" have remained hugely popular, making Verne the second most translated author of all time.

This is not the first time that new works by Verne have been discovered - in 1989 his great grandson uncovered the unpublished manuscript for "Paris in the 20th Century" in a locked safe. The new finds are however particularly remarkable as they are examples of a literary form with which Verne is not usually associated - poetry.

The poems take the form of Haiku - a style of poetry originating in Japan and consisting of just seventeen syllables. This makes the find all the more unexpected as the poems were written between 1869 and 1905, long before the form was popularized in the west.

The collection has been made available to the public for free at

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