The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
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  • Publication Date: July 16, 2010
  • ISBN: 9781551118383 / 1551118386
  • 294 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

  • Publication Date: July 16, 2010
  • ISBN: 9781551118383 / 1551118386
  • 294 pages; 5½" x 8½"

Edgar Allan Poe’s only long fiction has provoked intense scholarly discussions about its meaning since its first publication. The novel relates the adventures of Pym after he stows away on a whaling ship, where he endures starvation, encounters with cannibals, a whirlpool, and finally a journey to an Antarctic sea. It draws on the conventions of travel writing and science fiction, and on Poe’s own experiences at sea, but is ultimately in a category of its own.

Appendices include virtually all of the contemporary sources of exploration and south polar navigation that Poe consulted and adapted to the narrative, together with reviews and notices of Pym and a sampling of responses to the novel from a wide array of authors, from Herman Melville to Jules Verne. Seven illustrations are also included.

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“This new edition of Poe’s only completed novel represents a welcome option for instructors. The edition features a comprehensive critical introduction detailing the history of Pym scholarship and critical approaches, a detailed chronology of Poe’s life, and three valuable appendices that reprint Poe’s most important literary sources, a healthy selection of contemporary reviews, and responses by other writers such as Melville and James. The selection of sources and reviews will delight instructors eager to teach the novel in its nineteenth-century context.” — Leland S. Person, University of Cincinnati

“This scrupulously prepared, thorough, and extremely useful edition of Poe’s only novel will thrill students, instructors, and general Poe aficionados in equal measure. Indeed, the map of Pym’s voyage, incredibly appearing here for the first time, is worth the price of admission alone! The developed and informative introduction, meticulous footnotes, well-considered bibliography, and carefully selected appendices combine to offer a model of accessible and impressive scholarship ideal for the classroom or for the general reader of Poe. Even experts are likely to glean new insights from this top-notch edition.” — Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, Central Michigan University

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)

Select Bibliography

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.