Jules Verne’s Amazing Tombstone, Amiens, France
Jules Verne (1828-1905) was one of the most innovative and visionary writers of the 19th century. He was a pioneer of both the science fiction and fantasy/adventure genres of writing. He wrote such famed novels as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth and many more. His books are better known from the many films they inspired. The famed author passed away from complications of diabetes at the age of 77 in Amiens, France, where he was buried in the Cimetière de la Madeleine.
Two years after his death in 1907, a sculpture entitled “Vers l’Immortalité et l’Eternelle Jeunesse” (“Towards immortality and Eternal Youth”) was erected atop his tombstone. Designed by sculptor Albert Roze, and using the actual death mask of the writer, the statue depicts the shrouded figure of Jules Verne breaking out of his own tombstone, emerging from the grave and reaching up towards the heavens.
An illustration of Jules Verne’s tombstone monument was featured on the May 1934 (Vol 9, No 1.) cover of the science fiction magazine Amazing Stories.