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When Edgar Allen Poe predicted a horrific Shipping tragedy

When Edgar Allen Poe predicted a horric Shipping tragedy.

When Edgar Allen Poe predicted a horric Shipping tragedy.

Edgar Allen Poe is a name synonymous with suspense and dark romance. In 1838 the famous poet published a novel titled “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket”. It was the only novel Edgar Allen Poe would ever write. At the time Poe claimed the novel was actually a true story.

The story starts out as a fairly conventional adventure at sea. Soon the story focuses on a whaling ship lost at sea, taking with it all but four crewmen. Out of food, the men drew lots to see who would be eaten, the unfortunate decision landing on a young cabin boy named Richard Parker.

Astonishingly forty-six years later, there was an actual disaster at sea involving the whaling ship “Mignonette”.

It became famous due to the legal consequences of some gruesome events that happened on board, specifically the way the men drew lots and decided to eat their cabin boy: an unfortunate chap named Richard Parker.

Is it possible Edgar Allen Poe was somehow able to see the future? Highly unlikely, most experts believe the reason Poe claimed the work was a true story was because it was based off of his life with true names and events replaced with fictional names and events.

Although, the first printing of the novel left Poe’s name off and instead listed the author as Arthur Gordon Pym himself. Critics at the time were less than impressed by Edgar Allen Poe’s first novel. With one critic writing..

“when palmed upon the public as a true thing, it cannot appear in any other light than that of a bungling business—an impudent attempt at imposing on the credulity of the ignorant.”

Two things are certain, first, this is a very odd coincidence. Secondly, if your name is Richard Parker it’s best to stay off the ocean.

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When Edgar Allen Poe predicted a horric Shipping tragedy.