Review of “A Descent into the Maelström” (1841)


Edgar Allan Poe (writer).

Read in 2022.

A Norwegian man, who looks old, tells the story of how he came to be that way.

There is a sense of potential to the premise, opening like “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (1798) but describing a natural phenomenon in a manner that is ultimately Todorovian-uncanny—despite Poe’s exaggeration—instead of an overt fantasy.

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