“So tempting an opportunity of solving the great problem in regard to an Antarctic continent had never yet been afforded to man…”
A stowaway aboard the whaling ship Grampus, Arthur Gordon Pym finds himself bound on an extraordinary voyage to the high southern latitudes. Poe’s remarkable novel recounts the “incredible adventures and discoveries” of Pym and his companions. There is mutiny, appalling butchery, and the “exquisite horror” of cannibalism; premature burial within an impenetrable seaborne labyrinth; a corpse-ridden ghost ship, gigantic polar bears, and uncharted islands peopled by barbarian hordes.
It was Poe’s unique genius, however, that imbued this Gothic adventure tale with such allegorical richness that readers have been fascinated ever since. In his illuminating introduction and notes to this new edition of Poe’s masterpiece, Richard Kopley reveals hidden layers of meaning involving both Poe’s family and biblical prophecy.