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Book review: Jules Verne's 'The Secret of Wilhem Storitz'
Book review: Jules Verne's 'The Secret of Wilhem Storitz'

There ought to be a law stipulating that well-meaning relatives may not touch the manuscripts left by their loved ones. It traumatizes a book to have its ending Disneyfied, its time period altered by 100 years, its nouns and adjectives translated back and forth across time and languages. This was the circuitous journey that Jules Verne's last great opus, "The Secret of Wilhem Storitz," took before landing on our shores, where it has been revived and returned to its authentic form by Peter Schulman and the University of Nebraska Press. Eight unfinished manuscripts were left in the hands of Verne's son, Michel, when Verne died in 1905. Michel slapped on a happy ending...

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