The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

by Edgar Allan Poe


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A stowaway aboard the whaling ship Grampus, Arthur Gordon Pym finds himself bound on an extraordinary voyage to the high southern latitudes. Poes novel recounts the incredible adventures and discoveries of Pym and his companions. There is mutiny, appalling butchery, and the exquisite horror of cannibalism premature burial within an impenetrable seaborne labyrinth a corpse-ridden ghost ship, gigantic polar bears, and uncharted islands peopled by barbarian hordes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781727684513
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/07/2018
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

EDGAR ALLAN POE was born the son of itinerant actors in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1809. A year after his birth, his father abandoned the family, and his mother died of tuberculosis. Poe was taken into foster care by John Allan, a successful merchant in Richmond, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia for a year, but left after running up severe gambling debts, which led to an estrangement from his foster family. In 1827, while a private in the U.S. Army, he published his first book of poetry, Tamerlane and Other Poems. After his discharge, he pursued a literary career and found editorial jobs at a series of periodicals, including the Southern Literary Messenger, which serialized The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. He became well-known as a scathing critic, and his reviews earned him the epithet “Tomahawk Man.” In 1835, Poe secretly married his cousin Virginia Clemm, but despite nonstop writing—criticism, poetry, short stories, and experimentation with fictional genres, including the detective novel, which he virtually invented with the publication of “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841)—he received scant recognition for his efforts until the publication of “The Raven” in 1845. The poem’s instant popularity gave him new visibility in literary circles, but his personal situation remained plagued by poverty and drink, and the illness and ultimate death of Virginia in 1847. In 1849, he was found semiconscious outside a Baltimore tavern. Taken to the hospital, he lingered for four days but never recovered. On October 7, Poe died at the age of forty.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
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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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a Poe masterpiece. This is a classic of American literature. Melville even plagiarized parts of it as well as Mocha Dick by Jeremiah Reynolds. This is Edgar Allan Poe at his best. There is psychological terror here as one person is literally frightened to death. And the cannibalism scene is horrific. Near the end, the novel morphs into science fiction as Poe pushes the envelope as few writers have, before or since. You will not be disappointed. This is Poe at his absolute best, pushing the barriers and boundaries of literature. Jules Verne even wrote a sequel called An Antarctic Mystery. This book is highly recommended. This book is way ahead of its time. It is a masterpiece that needs to be read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you very much Edgar Allan Poe!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt get past page 20. Very boring, writing was stilted and hard to understand. Extremely boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poe is one of my favorite authors and having read many of his stories, I did not know he had written a full length novel. And in Poe form the imagery is great and the ending is mind-blowing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poe was a masterful short story writer, and a poet. However, when the writing got longer and more convoluted, he lost focus and was less than capable of maintaining his focus. This is his only novel...and for good reason!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short novel reads very slowly and is somewhat disjointed. I found Poe spending a lot of time describing the Naval terminology and navigational language than diving into the psyche of the characters. This ends abruptly and is ultimately disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great tale of supernaturel and adventure. Pym is a stowaway who finds a lost world in the pole.
amydross on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although too rough, inconsistent, and episodic to really work as a novel, there are some truly chilling images and fascinating scenarios.
Midnightdreary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is "Moby-Dick" decades before "Moby-Dick." What begins as a jaunty sea adventure tale takes a turn for a somewhat more frightening struggle at sea. Interspersed are descriptions of maritime history, the geography of islands, flora and fauna, and other over-the-top detailed "true" accounts which are not always accurate. As the novel progresses, it gets less and less realistic despite these pseudo-realistic, pseudo-scientific soliloquies. Eventually, the novel descends to a point of senselessness, fantastic beyond reason, symbolically deep beyond comprehension, and confusing beyond serious analysis. And that's the point, folks. Sometimes life doesn't have a happy ending, nor does it end successfully wrapped up with a cute bow tied on top. "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket" is a fun, confusing, hectic, strange book of unrecognized genius.One comment on here notes it wasn't very scary. I'd note that this book was not meant to be in the horror genre.
elviomedeiros on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting book. A narrative on an expedition to the southern seas. Despite being the work of E.A Poe and a potentially good story, the book is childish at times and has got too many loose ends. Hope the continuation by Jules Verne is better.
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poe never ceases to fascinate. His only novel starts like a realistic narrative of life at sea, then turns into a horrific story of survival, and then morphs into a fantasy about aboriginal island tribes and an imaginary trip to a completely-divorced-from-reality version of the south pole. Quite different from the short stories and poems by which he is known, but still an intriguing read.
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The story alternates between short interesting parts and longer boring parts. I skipped around some and did not even finish it. Still Poe short stories are great.
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Got bored reading this. Could not stand it any more to finish
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NOOKfile More than 1 year ago
It's great that this classic Poe novel is offered as a free NOOK Book, but this version lacks the last page of the published novel. A definite jaw-dropping, "What!" without that ending (although to be honest, it's not much better with it ... it's almost as if Poe got tired of writing the story and wanted a way out). Still, cheers, this novel was the inspiration for Felix J. Palma's upcoming "The Map of the Sky," and there's a bonus sample of that new novel at the end of the Poe story.
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