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Nadar

1820–1910), French photographer, and a central figure in the extraordinary expansion of photography in the mid‐19th century. An exact contemporary of Charles Nègre and Gustave Le ...

Verne, Jules

Verne, Jules (1828–1905)   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Military History
Length:
659 words
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...a novelist. First, two quasi-impromptu voyages, one to Scotland in 1859 and the other to Norway in 1862 , brought to light his extraordinary gift for observation; later, in 1867 , he traveled to the United States on board Great Eastern . Second, Verne’s friendship with Nadar ( Gaspard-Félix Tournachon ; 1820–1910 )—the famous eccentric who thought of himself as the “genius of discovery” and was building an aerostat—gave Verne the opportunity to write his first novel, Cinq semaines en ballon ( 1863 ; English trans., Five Weeks in a Balloon ). But...

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