The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

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Overview

"The Raven" and "The Pit and the Pendulum" so dominate our recollection of Poe that we forget his versatility. For example, THE NARRATIVE OF A. GORDON PYM.

Poe's story is based on the actual experiences of J.N. Reynolds, whose book Poe had reviewed. The narrative is about a mutiny aboard the American brig, Grampus, bound for the South Seas. It has everything--butchery, shipwreck, famine, vengeance. More than a century after its publication it continues to earn high critical marks.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140437485
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/1999
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 248,283
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

About The Author
The late Frederick S. Frank was Professor Emeritus of English at Allegheny College. He published widely on Gothic literature and was the editor of the Broadview Edition of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother.

Diane Long Hoeveler is Professor of English at Marquette University.

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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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