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Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land by John Crowley

George Gordon, Lord Byron, was famous for his poetry and his hedonistic lifestyle. It was also rumored that he wrote a novel. In John Crowley's Lord Byron's Novel, the missing gothic novel was titled The Evening Land, and it was found by his dying daughter, Ada, who saved it from the fires where her mother burned her father's memoirs. Ada, a brilliant mathematician, annotates the text of the novel and adds some numbers to bury more messages in a cypher. In modern times, the missing novel and notes are found a young historian, Alexandra Novak. Alexandra, aided by her mathematician lover, seeks to unravel the mystery, and in the process, comes to understand her own disgraced father better. Lord Byron's Novel is told with three parts interspersed among each other: Byron's novel in its entirety, Ada's notes, and e-mails between Alexandra, her lover, and her father. Lord Byron's Novel has received positive reviews with the Washington Post calling it "an astounding display of scholarship and imagination."
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