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Scheherazade's Last Night and Other Plays by Jules Verne




[First paragraph] An Excusion at Sea, The Thousand and Second Night, La Guimard ... For over a hundred and fifty years, these plays languished in Jules Verne's desk and then on the dusty shelves of the Nantes Municipal Library before Christian Robin was able to publish them in 2005, in honor of the centenary of Verne's death. That anniversary triggered a plethora of commemorations, new editions of Verne's works, events, and conferences, among many different activities and endeavors. Robin's remarkable collection included all of Verne's previously unpublished plays in a volume titled Theâtre inédit, issued by the Cherche-Midi press in Paris. All in all, Robin collected and edited twenty-one plays that, for the most part, had never even been performed, let alone translated into English. Fortunately, the Palik Series, in addition to stories and novels, and the plays in this volume, has also published the original translation of the theatrical version of Around the World in 80 Days (very different from the novel of the same title), along with six more plays translated for the first time in the volumes Mr. Chimp, and Other Plays and Castles of California.


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Original Publication Citation

Schulman, P. (2017). Introduction. In B. Taves (Ed.), Scheherazade's Last Night and other plays by Jules Verne (pp. 1-20). BearManor Media.