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Book Title: Una discesa nel Maelstrom|
The author of the book: Edgar Allan Poe
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Date of issue: May 6th 2013
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Read full description of the books Una discesa nel Maelstrom:A fascinating tale of a man's near-death experience in a giant maelstrom or whirlpool at sea.
A man on a ship is being sucked slowly toward a massive whirling pool of water. The bottom equals death and there's no way out. So how does he respond? At first, he gives himself over to his fate. He knows he's doomed. But in a way this is liberating. He "became possessed with the keenest curiosity" about the whirlpool and "positively felt a wish to explore its depths, even at the sacrifice I was going to make." His principal grief? Not his own impending death but rather "that I should never be able to tell my old companions on shore about the mysteries I should see."
But once he slides into the whirlpool itself and begins whirling round and round its sides, getting ever lower to the bottom (and death), his reaction changes. Like in The Pit and the Pendulum, he begins to try to measure his predicament, seeing all "the numerous things that floated in our company" and seeking "amusement in speculating upon the relative velocities of their several descents toward the foam below." He then makes an observation that cylinders seem to descend most slowly, so he lashes himself to a water barrel and dives overboard to save himself.
But he's not just a rational scientist here. What's striking, throughout, is his appreciation not only of the terror of the maelstrom but of it's sublime beauty. The sides of the funnel are "perfectly smooth" and "might have been mistaken for ebony, but for the bewildering rapidity with which they spun around, and for the gleaming and ghastly radiance they shot forth, as the rays of the full moon...." And when the rays of the moon do reach the bottom he sees a thick mist "over which there hung a magnificent rainbow...." So he's drawn to this place much like Poe's narrators elsewhere are drawn to death: there's a fascination and even a beauty amid the horror that Poe is always keenly attuned to and that serves to elevate many of his tales.
Read information about the authorThe name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher. This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews. He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician. Poe’s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.
Just as the bizarre characters in Poe’s stories have captured the public imagination so too has Poe himself. He is seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles. This is the Poe of legend. But much of what we know about Poe is wrong, the product of a biography written by one of his enemies in an attempt to defame the author’s name.
The real Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809. Edgar was the second of three children. His other brother William Henry Leonard Poe would also become a poet before his early death, and Poe’s sister Rosalie Poe would grow up to teach penmanship at a Richmond girls’ school. Within three years of Poe’s birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poe’s siblings went to live with other families. Mr. Allan would rear Poe to be a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe had dreams of being a writer in emulation of his childhood hero the British poet Lord Byron. Early poetic verses found written in a young Poe’s handwriting on the backs of Allan’s ledger sheets reveal how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business.
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