Press Release: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
Introduced by Marilynne Robinson
Illustrated by David Lupton
‘In Pym and after it Poe explores the thought that reality is of a kind to break through the enthralling dream of innocence … and confront us – horrify us – with truth’
Pioneer of horror fiction, Edgar Allen Poe completed only one novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. The Folio Society is delighted to announce the publication of this illustrated edition of a narrative masterpiece, presented in a specially designed compact format that emulates editions from Poe’s own time. This edition features a superb introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson, who considers Poe’s ability to confound, challenge and delight. David Lupton has contributed darkly captivating artwork that evokes the book’s nightmarish mood.
Holding you in its eerie grip from the first, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym tells of a fantastical voyage to the southern seas, on which the eponymous hero 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. From the start of his journey, as a stowaway on a whaler, the Grampus, Pym soon encounters every imaginable terror and threat to life, from the mouths of cannibals to the jaws of sharks, and from murderous pirates to delusion-inducing dehydration and starvation. It is an astonishing literary achievement, a work unjustly overshadowed by the author’s extraordinary fame as a writer of shorter fiction.
Bound in buckram, blocked with a design by David Lupton. Set in Bell. 368 pages. Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations. Slipcase blocked with an excerpt from the title page of the 1st edition. Small format: 7″ x 4½”.
UK £29.95 US $54.95 Can $59.95 Aus $62.95
Publication date 11 February 2015
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