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Christopher BenfeyCrowley's real achievement in Lord Byron's Novel is not a convincing imitation of Byron -- not even Byron, who was pudgy and pale and walked with a limp, could always pull that off. More persuasive by far is the suffocating world of encryption and code, coincidence and conspiracy, paranoia and parapsychology that Crowley summons from his 19th-century documents and 21st-century decoders. His fatherless daughters and daughterless fathers search for one another across this uncannily familiar terrain, longing for a unity that seems just beyond their grasp. ''Happy endings are all alike,'' Ada Byron slyly observes in one of her annotations, but ''disasters may be unique.''
— The New York Times