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May 14, 2002
| ISBN 9780375760075
Dec 18, 2007
| ISBN 9780307432452
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May 14, 2002 | ISBN 9780375760075
Dec 18, 2007 | ISBN 9780307432452
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.
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, USA, in 1809. Poe, short story writer, editor and critic, he is best known for his macabre tales and as the progenitor of the detective story. He died in 1849, in mysterious circumstances, at… More about Edgar Allan Poe
“It is Poe’s greatest work.”—Jorge Luis Borges
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