The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket is Edgar Allan Poe's only completed novel. It begins as a standard sea adventure but descends into Poe's signature dark style, as its protagonist, Arthur Gordon Pym, encounters mutiny and cannibalism. A stowaway on the whaling ship Grampus, Pym finds more adventure than he bargained for once at sea. Poe drew on his own seafaring experiences while writing and The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket went on to be cited as an influence by Herman Melville and Jules Verne.
Author, poet, and literary critic, Edgar Allan Poe is credited with pioneering the short story genre, inventing detective fiction, and contributing to the development of science fiction. However, Poe is best known for his works of the macabre, including such infamous titles as “The Raven,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “Lenore,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Part of the American Romantic Movement, Poe was one of the first writers to make his living exclusively through his writing, working for literary journals and becoming known as a literary critic. His works have been widely adapted in film. Edgar Allan Poe died of a mysterious illness in 1849 at the age of 40.