Jules Gabriel Verne (1828-1905) is the author of some of the world's most famous books, including Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days. He has the rare distinction of being the second most translated author in history, right between William Shakespeare and Agatha Christie. In spite of - or perhaps because of - his immense popularity, his work has sometimes been dismissed outside of France and Europe as mere genre fiction, unworthy of serious study. Since his death, however, his reputation has undergone a great change. Today there is an academic organization, the Société Jules Verne, dedicated to studying his work, and he is renowned as a godfather of science fiction and a great lion of adventure fiction. This cover in oceanic blue features a page from Verne's handwritten draft of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. The back cover shows an engraving depicting Captain Nemo observing "a squid of colossal dimensions." Take your writing to new depths in this journal inspired by one of the most influential authors in history.