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Les naufragés du Jonathan - 1909 - Michel Verne

Survivors of the Jonathan - 1964 - Michel Verne

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[EM] = En Magellanie - Original as written by Jules Verne
[NJ] = Les naufragés du Jonathan - as modified by Michel Verne (1909)

Note: 
Penned in 1897 but never published while Verne was alive, En Magellanie was completely rewritten by his son Michel and published posthumously in 1909 under the title Les naufragés du Jonathan, while the origina manuscript disappeared.

In 1977 the great Vernian scholar Piero Gondolo della Riva discovered the original manuscript in the Hetzel family archives.
This first English translation, 2002, shows Magellania to be a unique, forceful novel that widens the scope of Verne's literary legacy and distinguishes itself in Verne's somber, philosophical questioning of society, religion, nature and man as he neared the end of his life.

See En Magellanie / Magellania for the book published from Jules Verne's original manuscript.

Alternate English Titles:

    Survivors of the Jonathen
    Masterless Man (Part 1 of 2)
    Unwilling Dictator (Part 2 of 2)

Plot Synopsis:
(courtesy of D. Kytasaari - http://epguides.com/djk/JulesVerne/works.shtml)

Kaw-djer is the name given to a man with an unknown past who lives in the region called Magellania (the Straights of Magellan). Kaw-djer's motto is: "Neither God nor master." Kaw-djer is only interested in himself and helping out the local people in Magellania. When a ship filled with immigrants finds itself wrecked on a nearby abandoned island. The survivors of this wreck decide to establish their colony where they wrecked. Kaw-djer is a man with great knowledge who helps them to establish their colony, but he is reluctant to take over when their society begins to fall apart.

NOTE: Jules' original title for this story was En Magellanie, Michel gave the title Les Naufrages du 'Jonathan' to his modified version.


Book Collecting Information:
Please see the book entry for En Magellanie, Jules Verne's original text.

This listing contains ALL Jules Verne Encyclopedia bibliographic entries for this book.

First UK Editon:
Michel Verne altered
   Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"On January 22, 1910, the New York Times carried a brief of this book, which had recentrly been published posthumously in France, describing it as a "werisome" study of the problem of government..."
"In 1962, the I. O. Evans translation of this work was published in the Fitzroy Edition in two volumes entitled The Masterless Man (Part I), 192 pages, and The Unwilling Dictator (Part II), 192 pages, priced at $2.75 in America (Associated Booksellers), and 12s6d in Great Britain (ARCO)."

Michel Verne altered

Part 1:
Masterless Man

1962
ARCO
London

Part 2:
Unwilling Dictator

1962
ARCO Publications
London

First US Edition:
Michel Verne altered
  Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"In 1962, the I. O. Evans translation of this work was published in the Fitzroy Edition in two volumes entitled The Masterless Man (Part I), 192 pages, and The Unwilling Dictator (Part II), 192 pages, priced at $2.75 in America (Associated Booksellers), and 12s6d in Great Britain (ARCO)."
(Same entry as above)

Michel Verne altered

Part 1:
Masterless Man

1962
Associated Booksellers
Westport Conn.

Collection Andrew Nash

Part 2:
Unwilling Dictato
r
1962
Associated Booksellers
Westport, Conn.

Collection Andrew Nash

Jules Verne Encyclopedia:
"Later, Beckman Publications also reissued the two volumes under the same titles"

Please see the book entry for En Magellanie, Jules Verne's original text.
 
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