The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

by Edgar Allan Poe

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Overview

Poe found the germ of the story he would develop into ARTHUR GORDON PYM in 1836 in a newspaper account of the shipwreck and subsequent rescue of the two men on board. Published in 1838, this rousing sea adventure follows New England boy, Pym, who stows away on a whaling ship with its captain's son, Augustus. The two boys repeatedly find themselves on the brink of death or discovery and witness many terrifying events, including mutiny, cannibalism, and frantic pursuits. Poe imbued this deliberately popular tale with such allegorical richness, biblical imagery, and psychological insights that the tale has come to influence writers as various as Melville, James, Verne and Nabokov.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486440934
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 03/04/2005
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

The father of the detective novel and an innovator in the genre of science fiction, Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49) made his living as America's first great literary critic. Today he is best remembered for his short stories and poems, haunting works of horror and mystery that remain popular around the world.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Introduction
Edgar Allan Poe: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

Appendix A: Sources for the Novel

  1. From R. Thomas, Remarkable Shipwrecks, A Collection of Interesting Accounts of Naval Disasters (1813)
  2. From John Cleves Symmes, Symzonia: A Voyage of Discovery by Captain Adam Seaborn (1820)
  3. From [James McBride], Symmes’s Theory of the Concentric Spheres (1826)
  4. From Jane Porter, Sir Edward Seaward’s Narrative of His Shipwreck (1831)
  5. From Archibald Duncan, The Mariner’s Chronicle (1804–05)
  6. From Jeremiah N. Reynolds, The Voyage of the Potomac (1834)

Appendix B: Contemporary Reviews

  1. From The New-Yorker (1 August 1838)
  2. From The New-York Mirror (11 August 1838)
  3. From Albion (18 August 1838)
  4. From Knickerbocker Magazine (August 1838)
  5. From Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine (September 1838)
  6. From Family Magazine (1838)
  7. From The Torch (13 October 1838)
  8. From The Spectator (27 October 1838)
  9. From The Monthly Review (October 1838)

Appendix C: Other Writers’ Responses to Pym

  1. From Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851) and Israel Potter:His Fifty Years of Exile (1855)
    1. From “The Mast-Head,” Chapter 35 of Moby-Dick
    2. From “The Whiteness of the Whale,” Chapter 42 of Moby-Dick
    3. From “Chapter 12. Israel Returns to the Squire’s Abode—His Adventures There,” in Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile
  2. From Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du mal (1857)
    1. “La Géante”
    2. “A Voyage to Cythera”
    3. “Travel”
  3. From Jules Verne, Le Sphinx des glaces (1897)
  4. From Henry James, The Golden Bowl (1904)

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