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Danrit, Captain

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Translation of "Capitaine Danrit", pseudonym of French military officer and author Émile-Auguste-Cyprien Driant (1855-1916), serving in World War One until his death in combat; much of his sub-Verne work appeared in Le Journal des Voyages, along with authors like Louis Boussenard, whose greater skills and less exaggerated patriotism may explain their greater popularity in English-speaking markets. Danrit's early reputation was built through the La Guerre de Demain ["The War of Tomorrow"] series of Invention-dominated Future War novels, beginning with La Guerre de Demain (1889) and continuing with various titles, including a very early (and vast) Yellow Peril tale, L'Invasion Jaune ["The Yellow Invasion"] (1905), in which Japan organizes an Invasion of Europe, being defeated only after the burning of Paris. Of Danrit's many tales, only Robinsons Sous-Marins (1907-1908 Journal de Voyages; 1908; trans Frederick Lawton as The Sunken Submarine 1910) appeared in English; it describes tribulations aboard a crippled submarine, with an Invention or two deployed to save the brave crew. [JC]

Émile-Auguste-Cyprien Driant

born Neufchâtel-sur-Aisne, France: 11 September 1855

died in the Battle of Verdun, France: 22 February 1916



La Guerre de Demain

  • La Guerre de Demain ["The War of Tomorrow"] (Paris: A Fayard, 1889) [La Guerre de Demain: pb/]
  • L'Invasion Jaune ["The Yellow Invasion"] (Paris: Flammarion, 1905) [La Guerre de Demain: pb/]

individual titles

  • Robinsons Sous-Marins (Paris: Flammarion, 1908) [first appeared 1907-1908 Journal de Voyages: pb/]
    • The Sunken Submarine (London: Grant Richards, 1910) [trans by Frederick Lawton of the above: hb/G Dutriac]
      • Undersea Odyssey (Tarzana, California: Black Coat Press, 2011) [vt of the above: pb/Meinert Hansen]


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