Born in County Cork and raised primarily in Limerick, Ireland, Fitz-James O'Brien moved to New York City in 1852.
The poet Cipriano receives the ability to see, know, and comprehend everything. This gift provides him with amazing improvisational skills, but eventually leads him to madness.
Comparing the synopsis of O'Brien's "Seeing the World" to Odoevsky's "The Improvisor," Cornwell shows that not only do they share the same plot, but even the same character names.
Comparing the text of O'Brien's "Seeing the World" to that of a translation of Odoevsky's "The Improvisor," Cornwell shows that they are nearly identical.
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