Journey to the Centre of the Earth

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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
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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