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The Begum's Millions
Jules Verne; Stanford L. Luce, trans.; Arthur B. Evans, ed.; Peter Schulman, intro.



Early Classics of Science Fiction

Wesleyan University Press
2005 • 304 pp. 43 illus. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Science Fiction / Fiction Classics / Literary Criticism - French

$19.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7469-5
$29.95 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-6796-3

$23.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7459-6

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“To read Jules Verne is one of the great treats of childhood. To read Jules Verne later in life is to discover a writer just as satisfying but even richer, one who is not only a natural storyteller but also a mythmaker, a social critic and an innovative artist. ...Give The Begum's Millions or one of (his) other novels a try.... There's a lot more to Jules Verne than what you find in those old, albeit quite wonderful, Disney movies.” —Washington Post Book World

Verne’s first cautionary tale about the dangers of science -- first modern and corrected English translation.

When two European scientists unexpectedly inherit an Indian rajah’s fortune, each builds an experimental city of his dreams in the wilds of the American Northwest. France-Ville is a harmonious urban community devoted to health and hygiene, the specialty of its French founder, Dr. François Sarrasin. Stahlstadt, or City of Steel, is a fortress-like factory town devoted to the manufacture of high-tech weapons of war. Its German creator, the fanatically pro-Aryan Herr Schultze, is Verne’s first truly evil scientist. In his quest for world domination and racial supremacy, Schultze decides to showcase his deadly wares by destroying France-Ville and all its inhabitants. Both prescient and cautionary, The Begum’s Millions is a masterpiece of scientific and political speculation and constitutes one of the earliest technological utopia/dystopias in Western literature. This Wesleyan edition features notes, appendices, and a critical introduction as well as all the illustrations from the original French edition.

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Endorsements:

“This edition of The Begum’s Millions is a significant work of scholarship and an important contribution to the ongoing project of reclaiming and redefining Verne’s reputation in the English-speaking world.”—Gary K. Wolfe, Professor of Humanities and English, Roosevelt University

“This book captures Verne's verve and vision, never lapsing in its narrative drive, throwing off ideas in joyful glee. The 19th Century lives on!”—Gregory Benford, Professor of Physics, University of California, Irvine



JULES VERNE (1828-1905) was the first author to popularize the literary genre that has come to be known at science fiction. ARTHUR B. EVANS is Professor of French at DePauw University and series editor for Wesleyan's Early Classics of Science Fiction series. STANFORD L. LUCE is Professor Emeritus of French at Miami University in Ohio. PETER SCHULMAN is Associate Professor of French and International Studies at Old Dominion University.






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