The Poe Shadow, Matthew Pearl’s second book, is aptly named. Edgar Allan Poe isn’t a character in this novel—it begins soon after his mysterious death in
Pearl’s first book, The Dante Club, was a New York Times bestseller.
Narrator Quentin Clark, a wealthy
While investigating Poe’s death in 1849 at the age of 40 (check the historical note at the end of the novel),
The Poe Shadow is also concerned with what it means to pursue a passion--when does passion slip into irrationality or madness?
In a not-to-be-missed historical note,
Sadly, the mysteries at the heart of The Poe Shadow are not to be solved in the novel, if ever. Although it is predictable at times, The Poe Shadow is an entertaining read and a fitting tribute to Edgar A. Poe.