The Purchase of the North Pole by Jules Verne
Author: Jules Verne | Published: 1889
The Purchase of the North Pole Synopsis
The Purchase of the North Pole is an adventure novel by Jules Verne, first published in 1889. The Baltimore Gun Club series initially appeared in From the Earth to the Moon and later in Around the Moon, which featured the same characters but was set twenty years later. This is the third and last book in the series. The book defines the Arctic region between the 84th parallel, the north pole's highest point, and the 84th parallel as having sovereign rights through an international auction. The Baltimore Gun Club members Impey Barbicane, J.T. Maston, and Captain Nicholl founded the company Barbicane and Co., which was later identified as the winning bidder at the auction.
About Jules Verne
Jules Verne was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his pioneering science fiction novels. He was born in Nantes, France, in 1828 and studied law in Paris. However, he soon abandoned his legal studies to pursue a career in writing. Verne's first novel, Five Weeks in a Balloon, was published in 1863. It was a huge success, and Verne wrote over 60 more novels, including Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days.
Verne's novels were often based on scientific principles, and he was fascinated by the possibilities of new technologies. His work often anticipated technological developments that would not be realized until many years later. For example, his novel From the Earth to the Moon (1865) described the concept of a manned space flight, and his novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869) featured a submarine that was remarkably similar to the real-life submarines that would be developed in the early 20th century. Find out more about Jules Verne at sevenov.com.