Monday, November 30, 2009

Pym, Poe and the Purpose of Detail

Have you ever read the title page to the original 1838 version of Pym? Thoughts Welcome!

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket.

Comprising the Details of a Mutiny and Atrocious Butchery on Board the American Brig Grampus, on Her Way to the South Seas, in the Month of June 1827. With and Account of the Recapture of the Vessel by the Survivors; Their Shipwreck and Subsequent Horrible Sufferings from Famine; Their Deliverance by Means of the British Schooner Jane Guy; the Brief Cruise of This Latter Vessel in the Antarctic Ocean; Her Capture, and the Massacre of Her Crew Among a Group of Islands in the Eighty-Fourth Parallel of Southern Latitude; Together with the Incredible Adventures and Discoveries Still Farther South To Which That Distressing Calamity Gave Rise.

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