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Engineer Cyrus Smith, his black servant Nab, war correspondent Gedeon Spilett, sailor Pencroff and his foster son Harbert as well as Smith's dog Top flee in a free balloon from the Richmond, which is besieged in the American civil war. However, a storm blows them into the southern Pacific, where they can save themselves on an unknown island.
The fight for survival begins, supported by an unknown helper. Only late the 5 stranded are told on whose island they have landed. But time is pressing, because a volcanic eruption threatens to devour the island.
The second title in Wesleyan's new Early Classics of Science Fiction series is Sidney Kravitz's translation (14 years in the making) of Jules Verne's castaway epic, The Mysterious Island. Like the new Modern Library edition (noted in Forecasts, Dec. 24), it boasts black-and-white illustrations and is unexpurgated; unlike it, this volume contains a Verne chronology and brief biography, endnotes, appendixes and information about previous translations.