- While living in exile in London, author Andre Laurie, pseudonym for politician Paschal Grousset (1845-1909), wrote the original version of the book which was later published as The Southern Star Mystery (1884). Andre Laurie legally renounced title to the story, rewritten and published by Jules Verne. Andre Laurie and Jules Verne would collaborate on at least two other novels. It was a strange collaboration, Andre Laurie being politically a long way to the left of Jules Verne.
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