The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
Poe's curious and macabre novel, presented in a compact format and introduced by Marilynne Robinson.
‘In Pym and after it Poe explores the thought that reality is of a kind to break through the enthralling dream of innocence ... and confront us – horrify us – with truth’
- Marilynne Robinson
Holding you in its eerie grip from the first, Edgar Allan Poe’s only completed novel tells of a fantastical voyage to the southern seas, on which Arthur Gordon Pym is beset by a series of terrifying near-death experiences. Quasi-supernatural, it echoes the phantasmagorical terrors of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and informed the imaginative feats of Moby-Dick and Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas. Simultaneously it is framed as a ‘true’ account, with exacting descriptions of seamanship which imitate genuine nautical memoirs, acquiring what Poe aptly called ‘the potent magic of verisimilitude’.
Winner of the British Book Design and Production Awards in the category of Literature