About the Author
Jules Verne (1828–1905) was a French author best known for his tales of exploration, including Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days, The Mysterious Island, and From the Earth to the Moon. A true visionary, Verne foresaw the skyscraper, the submarine, and the airplane, among many other inventions. Today he is regarded as one of the fathers of science fiction.
Born in Washington, DC, George Makepeace Towle (1841–1893) was a lawyer, politician, and author. He is best known for his translations of Jules Verne’s works, especially his 1873 translation of Around the World in Eighty Days.