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Publisher description for The narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket / Edgar Allan Poe ; introduction by Jeffrey Meyers ; notes by Steven Rachman.


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Counter After reading an 1836 newspaper account of a shipwreck and its two survivors, Edgar Allan Poe penned his only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, the story of a stowaway on a Nantucket whaleship who finds himself enmeshed in the dark side of life at sea: mutiny, cannibalism, savagery—even death. As Jeffrey Meyers writes in his Introduction: “[Poe] remains contemporary because he appeals to basic human feelings and expresses universal themes common to all men in all languages: dreams, love, loss; grief, mourning, alienation; terror, revenge, murder; insanity, disease, and death.” Within the pages of this novel, we encounter nearly all of them.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic reprints the text of the original 1838 American edition.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Nantucket Island (Mass, ) Fiction, Whaling ships Fiction, Young men Fiction, Stowaways Fiction, Mutiny Fiction