Jordan Stump is an associate professor of French at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and translator of more than half a dozen French novels. His translation of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Claude Simon's Le jardin des plantes won the French-American Foundation Translation Prize for 2001.
Caleb Carr is the bestselling author of The Alienist and, most recently, The Lessons of Terror. He lives in New York.
There has been a great resurgence of interest in Verne the last few years and especially in this title, which also was reissued recently by the Modern Library (Classic Returns, LJ 12/01). This Wesleyan edition offers the complete text apparently the version that has been available for ages was severely abridged in a new translation along with a scholarly introduction and 75 illustrations. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"The reason Verne is still read by millions today is simply that he was one of the best storytellers who ever lived." --Arthur C. Clarke