Text: Robert A. Stewart (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Notes to Narrative of A. Gordon Pym,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. III: Tales - part 02 (1902), pp. 329-333


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NOTES.

NARRATIVE OF A. GORDON PYM.

SOUTHERN LITERARY MESSENGER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY, 1837; 1838.

The text follows the edition of 1838.

Griswold varies slightly in punctuation from 1838, but shows no verbal difference.

NOTE. — Two instalments of this tale appeared in the Southern Literary Messenger for 1837; the first, in the January number, including Chapter I (pp. 5-16) and a part of Chapter II (page 17 to “The middle of June,” line 11, page 20); the second, in the February number, including the remainder of Chapter II (line 11, page 20, to page 35), Chapter III (pp. 36-46), and a part of Chapter IV (from page 47 to “A scene,’‘ etc., line 32, page 50).

No further instalments appeared in the magazine.

The tale as we now have it was published in book form in 1838 (London). It includes the chapters previously published in the Southern Literary Messenger, with moderate revision (see below).

The full title on title-page of the edition of 1838 reads as follows: —

THE NARRATIVE

OF

ARTHUR GORDON PYM OF NANTUCKET

COMPRISING

THE DETAILS OF A MUTINY AND ATROCIOUS BUTCHERY ON BOARD THE AMERICAN BRIO GRAMPUS, ON HER WAY TO THE SOUTH SEAS — WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE RECAPTURE OF THE VESSEL BY THE SURVIVORS; THEIR SHIPWRECK, AND SUBSEQUENT HORRIBLE SUFFERINGS FROM FAMINE; THEIR DELIVERANCE BY [page 330:] 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 84TH PARALLEL OF SOUTHERN LATITUDE, TOGETHER WITH THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES AND DISCOVERIES STILL FURTHER SOUTH, TO WHICH THAT DISTRESSING CALAMITY GAVE RISE.

Variations of the Southern Literary Messenger from the text.

Page 5 l. 4 everything (every thing) l. 7 means (means,) l. 15 stayed (staid) l. 15 sixteen (fourteen) l. 16 academy (cap.) l. 18 sea captain (sea-captain) l. 26 him, (o. c.) page 6 l. 1 Island (s. l. ) l. 5 and (, and) l. 6 half (half-) l. 10 world; (:) l. 12-13 I will . . . narrative (o.) l. 18 quietly (quietly,) l. 19 up), (up,)) l. 26 southwest (south-west) l. 29 coolly (cooly) l. 30 however, (;) page 7 l. 14 lumber-yard (o. h.) l. 15 , and (o. c.) l. 30 that, (, that) l. 33 that (, that) page 8 l. 4, too, (o. c.) l. 12 by (bye) l. 13 by. (bye.) l. 13 such a (a similar) l. 20 is (i.) l. 21 , in (o. c.) l. 24 matter (matter!) l. 29 glazed; (,) l. 32 I (I had) page 9 l. 2 demeanour (demeanor) l. 7 had (, had) l. 19 daybreak (day-break) l. 27 to (;) l. 29 , and (o. c.) l. 30 gradually (, gradually,) l. 31 ; and (,) page 10 l. 3 and (and,) l. 9 occasionally (occasionally over the counter) l. 13 boat; (,) l. 14 drowning (drowning,) l. 15 , I (o. c.) l. 18 ringbolt (ring-bolt) page 11 l. 12 look-out (o. h.) l. 23 rubbed (, rubbed,) l. 23 moment (moment,) l. 28 further (farther) l. 29 look-out (o. h.) l. 33 and, (o. c.) l. 33 while, (o. c.) l. 34 ; that (,) page 12 l. 1 ; and (,) l. 7 such (so base) l. 10 hanged (hung) l. 1 and (and,) l. 14 , in (o. c.) l. 19 , as (o. c.) l. 25 , the (o. c.) page 13 l. 11 , and (o. c.) l. 17 that (that,) l. 29 behaviour (behavior) page 14 l. 9 Indeed, (o. c.) l. 18 that (which) l. 25 ringbolt (ring-bolt) l. 33 , no (o. c.) page 15 l. 9 wound (wrapped,) l. 10 folds (folds,) l. 11 upward (upwards) l. 18 , and (o. c.) l. 20 , and (o. c.) [page 331:] l. 25 endeavoured (endeavored) l. 32 connection (connexion) page 16 l. 5 death (death,) l. 7 half (half,) l. 29 conversations (conversations,) l. 30 me, (o. c.) page 17 l. 1 pro (n. i.) l. 1 con. (n. i.) l. 4 would (, would) l. 12 colour (color) l. 12 of (, of) l. 15 ocean (ocean,) l. 19 although, (o. c.) l. 20 , too (o. c.) l. 25 a (a long) l. 26 gray (grey) page 18 l. 6 , indeed, (o. c.) l. 8 About . . . disaster, (During the three or four months immediately succeeding the period of the Ariel’s disaster,) l. 14 seaworthy (sea-worthy) l. 16 and (o.) l. 19 ready, (o. c.) l. 25 design; (,) l. 30 hazards; (,) page 19 l. 3 with (, with) l. 19 , without (o. c) l. 25 June (April,) l. 26 , and (o. c.) l. 27 , a (o. c.) l. 33-34 hiding- (o. h.) page 20 l. 6 cabin; (,) l. 7 , he (o. c.) l. 11 June (April) l. 12 written (written,) l. 18 but, (o. c.) l. 19 favour (favor) l. 21 distance, (o. c.) l. 23 recognized (recognised) l. 24 corner, (o. c.) l. 25 appear, (o. c.) l. 26 me, (o. c.) l. 27 grandfather. (,) l. 33 — “sir (, “Sir) l. 33 ; my (—) page 21 l. 2 one. (!) l. 8 me, (o. c.) l. 10 ; and (,) l. 12 , “Won’t (“won’t) l. 13 -for- (o. h.) l. 19 forecastle (steerage) l. 27 whaling-vessel (o. h.) l. 30 carpet (carpet,) l. 32 , in short, (o. c.) page 22 l. 4 bulkheads (bulk-heads) l. 10 bulkheads (bulk-heads) l. 14 room, (—) l. 23 at (, where it joined the shifting boards,) l. 26 , and (o. c.) page 23 l. 10 high, (o. c.) l. 12 , again, (o. c.) l. 13 matting, (o. c.) l. 14 around (around,) l. 17 barrels, (o. c.) l. 20 after-ward (afterwards) l. 23 labour (labor) l. 30 me, (o. c.) l. 31 time, (o. c.) l. 33 , ink, (o. c.) page 24 l. 10-11 , he said, (o. c.) l. 11 hiding-place (o. h.) l. 13 hold, (o. c.) l. 14 trapdoor (trap-door) l. 22 June (April) l. 24 without (, without) page 25 l. 2 weigh (way) l. 7 aboveboard (above board) l. 10 you, (o. c.) l. 18 idea, (o. c.) l. 30 expedition (cap.) page 17 l. 6 sound, (o. c.) l. 14 , indeed, (o. c.) l. 21 , from (o. c) l. 22 larboard, (o. c.) l. 22 all along (, all along,) l. 24 neighbourhood (neighborhood) l. 30 endeavour (endeavor) l. 32 state-room (state-room) page 28 l. 4 , I (o. c.) l. 5 , by (o. c.) l. 8 deserts, (o. c.) l. 9 , and (o. c.) l. 11 gray (grey) l. 18 mercy, (o. c.) l. 20 stood, (o. c.) l. 20 alone, (o. c) l. 20 sand-plains (o. h.) l. 23 feet, (o. c.) l. 28 , then, (o. c.) l. 29 Now, (o. c.) [page 332:] l. 29 least, (o. c.) page 29 l. 1-2 have neither (neither have) l. 9 eyeballs (eye-balls) l. 14 ; but (—) l. 15 , when, (o. c.) l. 15 whine, (o. c.) l. 17 , and (o. c) l. 25 and (and,) l. 32 but, (o. c.) l. 33 degrees, (o. c.) page 30 l. 2 and (and,) l. 14 around (round) l. 16 afterward (afterwards) l. 19 down; ( —) l. 22 time; (—) l. 26 water; (—) l. 26 burnt (burned) l. 34 so (, so) page 31 l. 12 found (found,) l. 13 but, (o. c.) l. 14 expected (expected,) l. 15 them), (them,)) l. 18 my (, my) l. 22 for (, for) l. 22 in (, in) l. 28 with (, with) l. 34 I (, I) page 32 l. 3 ship-furniture (o. h.) l. 4 leave (quit) l. 14 endeavour (endeavor) page 33 l. 1 , I (o. c.) l. 1 after (, after) l. 2 labour (labor) l. 2 prying (prizing) l. 2 off; (,) l. 7 line (line,) l. 9 touch (touch,) page 34 l. 1 to (, to) l. 10 as (, as) l. 17 behaviour (behavior) l. 25 injury; (,) l. 29 afterward (afterwards) page 35 l. 3 hand, (o. c.) l. 5 , I (o. c.) page 36 l. 3 to (, to) l. 8 away (away,) l. 12 endeavoured (endeavored) l. 14 articles; (—) l. 20 endeavoured (endeavored) l. 23 and, (o. c.) l. 24 box (box,) l. 26 Now, (o. c.) page 37 l. 1 it (it,) l. 3 , and (o. c.) l. 7 taperwax (taper- wax) l. 19 dark (dark,) l. 22 that (that,) l. 22 ; by (:) l. 27 further (farther) l. 28 to (, to) l. 29 my (, my) l. 31 precisely (precisely,) l. 32 opium (opium,) l. 34 the (, the) page 38 l. 12 surface; (,) l. 19 once (once,) l. 30 and, (o. c.) page 39 l. 1 and (and,) l. 1 respect (respect,) l. 2 fact (fact,) l. 7 rage (rage,) l. 16 got (gotten) l. 18 endeavoured (endeavored) l. 21 famous), (famous,)) l. 31 , I (o. c.) page 40 l. 17 on (in) l. 23 forefinger (fore-finger) l. 25 as (it as) l. 29 other, (o. c.) l. 34 M (M.) page 41 l. 8 appeared — (:) l. 17 , too (o. c.) l. 19 appear — (! —) page 42 l. 1 felt (felt,) l. 25 troubles, (o. c.) l. 26 headache (headach) l. 32 and (, and) page 43 l. 2 demeanour (demeanor) l. 8 afterward (afterwards) l. 18 behaviour (behavior) l. 23 or (, or) l. 24 hold (hold,) page 44 l. 2 fore-legs (o. h.) l. 6 endeavoured (endeavored) l. 6 speech (voice) l. 7 carving (carving-) l. 8 dead, (o. c) l. 10 this, (o. c.) l. 15 knees, (o. c.) l. 22 boldly (bodily) l. 25 , I (o. c.) l. 25 got (gotten) l. 30 mind, (o. c.) l. 34 floor (ground) page 46 l. 1 word (word,) l. 4 oh, (o. c.) l. 4 Hush — (I —) [page 333:] l. 6 agitation; (,) l. 18 afforded (, afforded) page 47 l. 3 June (April) l. 5 period, (o. c.) l. 11 days (days,) l. 25 stay (stay,) page 48 l. 3 down (down,) l. 6 stateroom (state-room) l. 17 fish-oil (o. h.) l. 20 whaling vessel (whaling-vessel) l. 24 me (me,) l. 30 mean while (meanwhile) l. 34 , therefore (o. c.) page 49 l. 1 to (, to) l. 6 points (points,) l. 10 stateroom (state-room) l. 11 threshold (threshold,) l. 18 -way (o. h.) l. 22 eying (eyeing) l. 26 staterooms (state-rooms) l. 28 besides (beside) page 50 l. 3 you (you!) l. 4 that (that!) l. 5 — at (o. d.) l. 5 last (last,) l. 7 mate, (o. c.) l. 8 manner, (o. c.) l. 10 deck, (o. c.) l. 15 neither by (by neither) l. 30 , in all (in all,).

 


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Notes:

Harrison does consistently spell “installment” as “instalment,” with only one “l”. In the presentation above, hiis spelling is intentionally retained.


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