The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

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When Edgar Allan Poe’s only novella was first published in 1838, the reviews were slow in coming and dismissive when they arrived. The book’s failure left Poe in such dire financial straits that he even accepted a job at one of the magazines that had panned it. But The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket has since become one of his most influential works: Baudelaire translated it, Paul Theroux read it out loud to Jorge Luis Borges, Jules Verne wrote a sequel to it, H. P. Lovecraft drew on it in creating his own tales of the Antarctic . . .

Ostensibly, it’s a classic adventure story about a young boy who runs away to sea and encounters all the classic scenarios: mutinies, storms, shipwrecks, ravenous sharks, hostile natives. And Poe drew on many contemporary accounts of exploration in the South Seas to give his story a sense of verisimilitude.

But there are far deeper currents at work in the book than mere adventure: elements of the supernatural as they near the South Pole, evocations of the protagonists’ experiences at sea that rival Poe’s best tales of horror, and a disturbing ending that continues to stir debate.

Authors: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849
Statement of Responsibility: Edgar Allan Poe
Title: The narrative of arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
Characteristics: 235 pages ; 18 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Subject Headings: Nantucket Island (Mass.) Fiction Stowaways Fiction Whaling ships Fiction Young men Fiction
Genre/Form: Adventure fiction
Topical Term: Stowaways
Whaling ships
Young men
LCCN: 2013943162
ISBN: 161219222X
Research Call Number: JFC 14-119
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Jan 13, 2013
  • InsJavert rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Long and tiresome.


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