Author(s): Jules Verne
Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg wagers half his fortune on an unheard-of proposition: to circle the globe in a mere 80 days. Fogg and his devoted manservant Passepartout face a world of obstacles with unshakeable aplomb as they pass through the jungles of India, a Japanese circus, and a political rally in San Francisco and endure a train ride under Sioux attack and a tramp steamer mutiny.
Jules Verne (1828 - 1905) started out composing librettos, but the French-born author's passion for travel and exploration compelled him to turn to adventure tales, creating the prototype for today's science fiction. One of the most translated authors in the world, Jules Verne is best known for his classics, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days.