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The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard
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Feb 05, 2009

Louis Bayard's Mr. Timothy (2003) imagined Dickens's Tiny Tim as a young adult. Pale Blue Eye mines a similar theme; this time, Bayard fictionalizes Poe's stint at West Point. Filled with enigmatic clues, codes, cryptograms, and psychological suspense, the novel had most critics on the edge of their seats. If an outlandish climax made a few cringe, the exquisite period prose, Gothic details, and meticulous historical rendering offer an intriguing fictional backdrop to Poe's literary inspirations. "The Pale Blue Eye lingers in the mind," notes the Rocky Mountain News, "not least because of its determination to be more than the sum of its parts."

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