Review of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838)


Edgar Allan Poe (writer).

I can’t decide whether the sections of rather dull plagiarized travelogue leading up to the gripping ending actually need to be so long in order to establish a realistic framework for Poe to violate so brilliantly. They do add the gravity that is missing from “MS. Found in a Bottle” (1833).

References here: Painting Tcho-Tcho, The Fur Country (1872), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), At the Mountains of Madness (1936), “The Professional Approach” (1962), The Drifting Classroom (1972).

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