The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket and Related Tales

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Oxford University Press, May 21, 1998 - Fiction - 336 pages
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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym is an archetypal American story of escape from home and family which traces a young man's rite of passage through a series of terrible brushes with death during a fateful sea voyage. But it also goes much deeper, as Pym encounters various interpretative dilemmas, at last leaving the reader with a broken-off ending that defies solution. Apart from its violence and mystery, the tale calls attention to the act of writing and to the problem of representing truth. Layer upon layer of elaborate hoaxes include its author's own role of posing as ghost-writer of the narrative; Pym - his only novel - has become the key text for our understanding of Poe. This edition offers eight short tales which are linked to Pym by their treatment of persistent themes - fantastic voyages, gigantic whirlpools, and premature burials - or by their ironic commentary on Poe's mystification of his readers. - ;And now I found these fancies creating their own realities, and all imagined horrors crowding upon me in fact'. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym is an archetypal American story of escape from home and family which traces a young man's rite of passage through a series of terrible brushes with death during a fateful sea voyage. But it also goes much deeper, as Pym encounters various interpretative dilemmas, at last leaving the reader with a broken-off ending that defies solution. Apart from its violence and mystery, the tale calls attention to the act of writing and to the problem of representing truth. Layer upon layer of elaborate hoaxes include its author's own role of posing as ghost-writer of the narrative; Pym - his only novel - has become the key text for our understanding of Poe. This edition offers eight short tales which are linked to Pym by their treatment of persistent themes - fantastic voyages, gigantic whirlpools, and premature burials - or by their ironic commentary on Poe's mystification of his readers. -
  

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One of the coolest endings of all time - Goodreads
One caveat: the ending is super flakey. - Goodreads
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Tekeli-li! The only complete novel by EA Poe delivers what it promises - a captivating seafaring adventure and gives more: fascinating, vivid desriptions of mental states (the motif of premature ... Read full review

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Overlooking a few serious plot flaws, and Poe's excessive use of "the most" (eg "the most oppressive horror," "the most appalling sense of doom," etc), and the utterly ambiguous and completely ... Read full review

Contents

MS FOUND IN A BOTTLK 1 79
179
MYSTIFICATION
203
A DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM
223
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
240
THE BALLOON HOAX
256
THE PREMATURE BURIAL
270
Explanatory Notes
285
Copyright

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Gerald J. Kennedy is Professor at Louisiana State University. He is the author of

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