The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

by Edgar A. Poe

Note on the text: Episodes 1 and 2 appeared in the Southern Literary Messenger in January and February of 1837. For these I have included the chapter divisions of the 1838 Harper edition in brackets. The remainder of the text retains the Harper chapters.

Pym has been called a derivative text. In two of the Episodes, highlighted text is linked to a potential source, or, in the language of this site, "Pretext."

The Preface was published in 1838. A strictly chronological reading of Pym as it was published, then, would proceed in the order: Episode 1, Episode 2, Preface, Episode 1, etc. A strictly chronological reading of Pym as it was (most probably) written puts the Preface last.

Table of Contents


Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

Episode 8

Episode 9

Episode 10

Episode 11

Episode 12



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