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Around the World by Steam, via Pacific Railway, was published in 1871 by the Union Pacific Railroad Company, and an Around the World in A Hundred and Twenty Days by Edmond Planchut. After bribing the crew and imprisoning the captain, Fogg assumes control and sets course for Liverpool, England.

A detour to Baker Street entices him to follow Sherlock Holmes on a “train of reasoning”; whisked along by a notional Eurostar, he emerges in Paris, where a route back to a remembered paradise unexpectedly opens for Proust in the Bois de Boulogne. Bashō was an inveterate traveler; as he says in The Narrow Road to the Deep North: “The gods seem to have possessed my soul and turned it inside out, and roadside images seemed to invite me from every corner, so that it was impossible for me to stay idle at home. Thus, the day he added to his clock throughout his journey would be removed upon crossing this imaginary line. Shortly before Fogg’s departure, someone resembling him had robbed a bank, and Fogg’s sudden exit leads Scotland Yard to believe that he was the bank robber.

Selecting Hugh Lofting’s The Voyages of Dr Doolittle as his 74th book, he regrets that he lacks the good doctor’s “fluency in the languages of horses, eagles and snails”. For all three poets, Shiraz was a paradise on earth, where they created a garden of poetry amid the desert of mortal life. Later NPR apologized and corrected the mistake, but clearly our American memory of this crusading investigative reporter are fading. In early 1870, the Erie Railway Company published a statement of routes, times, and distances detailing a trip around the globe of 38,204 km (23,739 mi) in 77 days and 21 hours. As Judith Schalansky wrote in Atlas of Remote Islands, “Now that it is possible to travel right round the globe, the real challenge lies in staying home and discovering the world from there.

In Around the World in 80 Trees, Jonathan Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable. David Damrosch, a Harvard specialist in comparative literature, projected himself further afield: when conference dates in Tokyo and a smattering of European venues were cancelled, he decided to circumnavigate the globe without leaving his library. Still from the 1956 film adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days, starring (from left) Robert Newton as Inspector Fix, David Niven as Phileas Fogg, and Shirley MacLaine as Aouda. Ralf the dog's long body has always been a hindrance - until the day a fire sweeps through his home. The deceased narrator of his comic masterpiece, Brás Cubas, says that he is writing “with the pen of mirth and the ink of melancholy.

Around the World in 80 Books takes us on a tour of the author’s global head, and while expanding our knowledge it enlarges our capacity for fellow-feeling. In 1908, Harry Bensley, on a wager, set out to circumnavigate the world on foot wearing an iron mask. It is a graphic novel that is so cool because a man travels around the world on a bicycle, a girl attempts to travel around the world in 74 days and a sailor travels around the world! In 2004, a film was made, loosely based on the book, starring Steve Coogan and Jackie Chan in the roles of Fogg and Passepartout respectively. Sending dispatches back during her long steamer and train journey—during which she briefly meets Verne in France—Bly's ticking clock adds an element of suspense.

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