Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym is a realistic yet romantic nautical adventure about a young stowaway on the high seas. One day in 1827, Arthur Gordon Pym escapes his dreary life in New Bedford and hides on the Grampus, where he befriends the captain's son, Augustus. The two boys witness and participate in a dazzling series of adventures, including shipwreck, famine, rescue, and voyages all over the world.
Poe's incredible sense of detail and impeccable accuracy greatly influenced Herman Melville's Moby Dick and countless other novels, but The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym itself is a spirited, exciting, action-packed story that continues to thrill readers to this day.
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym is Edgar Allan Poe’s sole full-length novel. It stands out in his work as an imaginative adventure story following the fictional first-person account of Arthur Pym. Under the guise of a true story written, at the suggestion of Poe, under a pseudonym, it follows a young man’s travels aboard the ship Grampus, detailing its subsequent mutiny, recapture and shipwreck. In deep expressive baritone, Jamie Hanes preforms this romantic tale with urgency, bringing to life this unique and gripping piece of Poe’s legacy.
"One of the finest adventure stories ever written." (W.H. Auden)
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- Marco Berry
Poe's greatest failure, in all its racist glory.
- Vic Elliott