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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym Paperback – January 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1420925739 ISBN-10: 1420925733

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420925733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420925739
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,476,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This new edition of Poe's only completed novel represents a welcome option for instructors. The edition features a comprehensive critical introduction detailing the history of Pym scholarship and critical approaches, a detailed chronology of Poe's life, and three valuable appendices that reprint Poe's most important literary sources, a healthy selection of contemporary reviews, and responses by other writers such as Melville and James. The selection of sources and reviews will delight instructors eager to teach the novel in its nineteenth-century context." (Leland S. Person)

"This scrupulously prepared, thorough, and extremely useful edition of Poe's only novel will thrill students, instructors, and general Poe aficionados in equal measure. Indeed, the map of Pym's voyage, incredibly appearing here for the first time, is worth the price of admission alone! The developed and informative introduction, meticulous footnotes, well-considered bibliography, and carefully selected appendices combine to offer a model of accessible and impressive scholarship ideal for the classroom or for the general reader of Poe. Even experts are likely to glean new insights from this top-notch edition." (Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Edgar Allan Poe's only long fiction has provoked intense scholarly discussions about its meaning since its first publication. The novel relates the adventures of Pym after he stows away on a whaling ship, where he endures starvation, encounters with cannibals, a whirlpool, and finally a journey to an Antarctic sea. It draws on the conventions of travel writing and science fiction, and on Poe's own experiences at sea, but is ultimately in a category of its own. Appendices include virtually all of the contemporary sources of exploration and south polar navigation that Poe consulted and adapted to the narrative, together with reviews and notices of Pym and a sampling of responses to the novel from a wide array of authors, from Herman Melville to Jules Verne. Seven illustrations are also included. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 2, 2014
Format: Audible Audio Edition
This novel consists of 3 parts. There's a book within the book that is book-ended by fictional publisher's elements. There is an "Introductory Note" by the character who tells the main story, the full narrative of his adventures, then a fictional publisher's note at the end.

The audiobook ends at the end of the character's account, but does not include the faux publisher's note. That note at the end is PART OF THE NARRATIVE and gives further story information and partial conclusion beyond what the character recounts in his document. So the audiobook cheats you of the full story. Anyone listening to just this audiobook would not know that the story isn't quite over yet.

Thankfully the part they left off is short enough it can be easily read from text by most listeners and the full text is easily available.

But this is a poor oversight on the part of the audiobook producer's and should be made clear here for anyone planning to listen to this edition.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joyce N. Jacobson on August 8, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I could be wrong, but I thought I already responded to a survey request on this purchase (CD of Arthur Pym). Admittedly, it may have been from the underlying vendor. Assuming that I am correct about multiple surveys (regardless of where they came from), I strenuously object to getting multiple surveys on a given product.
I add, parenthetically, that we have not tried to play the CDs in question yet and won't for at least a month (they were purchased for a road trip planned for October) and so my rating of five star rating is subject to change once we play them.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SheerClass on January 2, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is okay. There's a lot to be said about racial issues in this book and it also has a lot to do with death. But, if you're interested in tragedies, then this is definitely that.
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