The Sphinx of the Ice Realm: The First Complete English Translation, with the Full Text of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan Poe

The Sphinx of the Ice Realm: The First Complete English Translation, with the Full Text of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan Poe

by Jules Verne, Edgar Allan Poe
     
 

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Decades after Edgar Allan Poe’s longest and weirdest tale, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, was published—the protagonist disappearing into the misty, mystifying Antarctic seas; his fate unknown—Jules Verne took up the challenge to answer what had happened to him. In The Sphinx of the Ice Realm, he penned the most amazing journey of his fabled… See more details below

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Decades after Edgar Allan Poe’s longest and weirdest tale, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, was published—the protagonist disappearing into the misty, mystifying Antarctic seas; his fate unknown—Jules Verne took up the challenge to answer what had happened to him. In The Sphinx of the Ice Realm, he penned the most amazing journey of his fabled career: a voyage across the bottom of the world! An astonishing mix of manhunt, sea story, scientific speculation, and polar nightmare, Verne’s epic fantasy novel appears here for the first time as a new and complete translation by noted Verne expert Frederick Paul Walter. The book is a treat for any fan of science fiction and fantasy, and includes many fascinating notes for students and scholars alike. In addition, the book features a complete, reader-friendly rendition of the original Poe tale that sparked Verne’s uniquely imaginative response.

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“One of the newest shining stars to be added to [the] constellation of recent Verne translations is The Sphinx of the Ice Realm, translated by Frederick Paul Walter … A noteworthy addition to the ongoing international revival of Jules Verne, this book is highly recommended for all aficionados of Verne’s Voyages Extraordinaires.” — Science Fiction Studies

“The book is gripping right up until the end … Here together are two great fantastical ocean novels by master writers who do not deter our active imaginations: the ocean is used as an adventure playground with untold mysteries, nightmares, wonders, and vulnerabilities.” — San Francisco Book Review

“…a valuable addition to the literature on Verne and 19th-century explorer narratives.” — CHOICE

“…an Antarctic adventure story that seeks to rival, in its macabre atmosphere, Poe’s original tale … the excellent Textual Notes gloss Verne’s rampant allusions to Poe’s oeuvre. A book like this goes some distance towards establishing how recursive and intertextual early SF often was.” — Los Angeles Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438442129
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/01/2012
Series:
Excelsior Editions
Pages:
435
Sales rank:
1,018,102
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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