Journey to the Centre of the Earth

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A CHRONOLOGY OF JULES VERNE
1828 8 February: birth of Jules Verne, on the Ile Feydeau
in Nantes, to Pierre Verne, a lawyer and son and
grandson of lawyers, and Sophie, née Allotte de la
Fuÿe, from a military line.
1829 Birth of brother, Paul, later a naval officer, but who
retired in 1859 and became a stockbroker; followed
by those of sisters Anna ( 1836), Mathilde ( 1839),
and Marie ( 1842).
1834-8 Goes to school: the teacher, Mme Sambain, is the
widow of a sea-captain, whose return she is still
waiting for.
1838-41 Collège Saint-Stanislas. Performs well in geography,
translation from Greek and Latin, and singing.
1841-6 Goes to Petit Séminaire, then to Lycée Royal de
Nantes. Above average; probably won a prize in
geography. Passes baccalauréat without difficulty.
Writes short pieces in prose.
1847 Studies law in Paris: at this time his cousin, Caroline
Tronson, with whom he has been unhappily in love
for several years, is getting engaged. Writes a play
called Alexandre VI.
1848 June: revolution in Paris. Verne is present at the July
disturbances. He continues his law studies, sharing a
room at 24 Rue de l'Ancienne-Comédie. His uncle
Châteaubourg introduces him into literary salons.
Meets writers Alexandre Dumas père and fils. Writes
plays probably including La Conspiration des
poudres
.
1849 Passes law degree. Father allows him to stay on in
Paris. Writes more plays.
1850 12 June: his one-act comedy Les Pailles rompues runs
for twelve nights at Dumas's Théâtre Historique, and
is published.

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