Poe’s curious and macabre novel, presented in a compact format and introduced by 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’.