'''''The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket''''' is the only complete {{novel}} by EdgarAllanPoe.

Published in 1838, it chronicled the progressively incredible adventures of the eponymous character, from a stowaway berth to the South Pole. Pym's {{picaresque}} adventures are marked by ludicrously dark violence and gruesome deaths. The novel's events become increasingly bizarre and fantastical, moving from adventure tale to proto-CosmicHorrorStory.

The novel is also notable for having the (oft-overlooked) quality of being a very early example of post-modern fiction.

Can be read [[http://dagonbytes.com/poe/writings/arthurgordonpym.htm here.]]
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!! Tropes in ''The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym'' include:

* AlienGeometries: [[spoiler: Near the South Pole.]]
* AlienSea: [[spoiler: Near the South Pole, the water is "of a milky consistency and hue", with violently flaring vapors and temperatures so high it's "almost unpleasant to the touch."]]
* ApocalypticLog: Played with. The entire novel ''reads'' as one, but editorial asides suggest that certain characters not only lived, but returned to civilization. ''How'' this could have happened is left unanswered.
* AuthorAvatar: "Arthur Gordon Pym" and "Edgar Allan Poe" share the same number of letters, and nearly echo each other. Pym's backstory also largely mirrors Poe's, from his falling apart with his family, the encounter with his grandfather, and the fraternal relationship with Augustus, who is loosely based on Poe's older brother. Both Poe's brother and Augustus share [[spoiler: the date of their deaths]].
* CannibalTribe: [[spoiler: The natives of Tsalal.]]
* ChandlersLaw: The novel's preferred method of advancing the plot.
* {{Continuation}}:
** Charles Romeyn Dake's ''A Strange Discovery'' completes the story as a LostWorld yarn, throwing in exiled Roman explorers and the lost ship's log of Francis Drake.
** Creator/JulesVerne's ''The Sphinx of the Ice'' does its best to find [[DoingIntheWizard rational explanations for the ending's fantastical elements]].
** The TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu RPG adventure ''Beyond the Mountains of Madness'' includes the "lost" final chapter.
* CosmicHorrorStory: One of the first.
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: Parker's death]]. He proposes that the shipwrecked party draw lots and see who gets cannibalized to save the other three. Irony ensues.
* DrawingStraws: See above.
* ForeignQueasine: The island cannibals consider the intestines a delicacy ... served complete with the original stuffing.
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: The events leading up to the big NoEnding, that is.]]
* GenreShift: The novel starts out as a fairly realistic traveling account and high-seas adventure. However, the farther south Pym goes, the more fantastical the story elements get.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Pym and Augustus Barnard.
* ImAHumanitarian: An unsettling number of examples, both among major and minor characters.
* LongTitle: Everyone calls the book ''Arthur Gordon Pym'', which is more than half a mouthful itself.
* MindScrew: Back before screwing minds was cool.
* MysteriousAntarctica: The TropeMaker.
* [[spoiler: NoEnding: The bizarre last chapters build to a crescendo that breaks off in mid-story. No explanation. No conclusion. Only Pym and Peters drifting through water too hot to touch, a rain of white ash, and the sudden appearance of a shrouded, chalk-skinned giant.]]
* PlotArmor: Pym seems to have it, though being an UnreliableNarrator helps as well.
* PlotHole: The novel has several, very amateurish examples of this. Considering the skill of [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe the author]] it's most likely intentional, though scholars can't agree on why.
** One character would not tell Pym a certain fact until "many years elapsed." This character dies a few chapters later.
** The paper which Augustus writes a message on seemingly has three sides, not to mention that the message written on it changes.
** In Verne's non-canon sequel, the dog Tiger's collar is found on Tsalal, implying that he survived the sinking of the ''Jane Guy''. [[spoiler:If so, Pym and his shipmates earlier drew straws to see who'd get cannibalized]], [[ComicStrip/TheFarSide with the dog calmly looking on!]]
* ShoutOut: Overtly referenced in Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' with the Shoggoths' cry of ''Tekeli-li!''.
* StealthParody: Poe has a lot of fun with the then-popular genre of travel narratives.
* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: [[spoiler: By the time he died, Augustus appears to have been held together with stamp glue.]]
* {{Troll}}: There is an interpretation that this novel was composed by Poe to troll all the fans of the then popular genre of travel narratives.
* UnreliableNarrator: Arthur Gordon Pym, very likely, as hinted at by various inconsistencies in his narrative.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After the wreck of the ''Jane Guy'' Pym's dog Tiger drops out of the story, with no further indication as to his fate.

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