Jules Verne was born on February 8, 1828 in Nantes, France and died on March 24, 1905 in Amiens, France. He is best known for his novels Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne is thought to have foreseen the submarine, the airplane, and perhaps the automobile. Although modern technology has outstripped his vision, his best work remains relevant and is still read after more than one hundred years.
John Grisham was born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, AR; son of a construction worker and a homemaker. The author of seventeen back-to back bestsellers, many of which have been turned into blockbuster movies, Grisham can count his revenues and copies sold of his legal thrillers in the hundreds of millions. As of 2008, his books have sold over 250 million copies worldwide. His current book is The Associate.
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