The Mighty Orinoco
Wesleyan University Press
translated by Stanford L. Luce
edited by Arthur B. Evans
introduction & notes by Walter James Miller
The book contents include:
Introduction (Walter James Miller)
The Mighty Orinoco (Trans. Stanford L Luce)
Bibliography (Arthur B Evans)
Jules Gabriel Verne: A Biography (Arthur B Evans)
About the Contributors (not present)
The rear cover of the uncorrected proof reads:
The Mighty Orinoco
Jules Verne (1828-1905) was the first author to popularize the literary genre
that became known as science fiction. Written in 1898 and part of the author's
famous series Voyages Extraordinaires, The Mighty Orinoco tells
the story of a young man's search for his father along the then-uncharted
Orinoco River of Venezuela. The text contains all the ingredients of a classic
Verne scientific-adventure tale: exploration and discovery, humor and drama,
dastardly villains and intrepid heroes, and a host of near-fatal encounters
with crocodiles, jungle fever, Indians and outlaws - all set in a wonderfully
exotic locale. The Mighty Orinoco also includes a unique twist that
will appeal to ofeminists - readers will need to discover it for themselves.
This Wesleyen edition features notes, appendices, and a critical introduction
be renowned Verne scholar Walter James Miller, as well as re[productions of
the illustrations from the original French edition.
FIRST English edition of this classic Verne
adventure, with a unique feminist twist!
Editor Arthur B. Evans is Professor of French at DePauw University and Managing
Editor of the scholarly journal Science Fiction Studies. He is series
editor for Wesleyan's Early Classics of Science Fiction series. Translator
Stanford Luce is Professor Emeritus of French at Miami University of Ohio.
Walter James Miller (introduction and notes) is Professor of English at The
School of Professional and Continuing Studies at New York University.
"Jules Verne was the Michael Crichton of the 19th century, a fabulist whose
ability to link technology with the imagination to create riveting pop-culture
products was uncanny."
--The New York Times
To be published by Wesleyan University Press, February 2003
440 pp. 73 b/w illus. 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"
Cloth ISBN 0-8195-6511-3. $29.95