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Edward Bulwer-Lytton

English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician

1803   -   1873

genre: historical novel, horror literature
country of citizenship: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
native language: English
educated at: Trinity College, Trinity Hall
occupation: playwright, writer, politician, novelist, poet, literary critic, science fiction writer
position held: Secretary of State for the Colonies, Member of the 19th Parliament of the United Kingdom, Member of the 18th Parliament of the United Kingdom, Member of the 17th Parliament of the United Kingdom, Member of the 16th Parliament of the United Kingdom, Member of the 13th Parliament of the United Kingdom, Member of the 12th Parliament of the United Kingdom, Member of the 11th Parliament of the United Kingdom

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, PC (25 May 1803 – 18 January 1873) was an English novelist, poet, playwright and politician. He served as a Whig MP from 1831 to 1841 and a Conservative MP from 1851 to 1866. He was Secretary of State for the Colonies from June 1858 to June 1859, during which time he selected Richard Clement Moody to be the founder of British Columbia. Bulwer-Lytton was offered the Crown of Greece in 1862, after the abdication of King Otto, but declined it. He became Baron Lytton of Knebworth in the peerage of the United Kingdom in 1866.Bulwer-Lytton was the father of the statesman Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton, who served as Governor-General of India and as British Ambassador to France, and composed poetry under the pseudonym Owen Meredith. Bulwer-Lytton's literary works were highly popular and his bestselling novels earned him a large fortune. He invented the phrases "the great unwashed", "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "the pen is mightier than the sword", and "dweller on the threshold". Then came a sharp decline in his literary reputation, so that he is known for little more than the much-parodied opening line "It was a dark and stormy night", the first seven words of his novel Paul Clifford (1830). The sardonic Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest attempts to find the "opening sentence of the worst of all possible novels".
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works

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The Lady of Lyons

1838 play written by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

author: Edward Bulwer-Lytton

1838

Vril

novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

author: Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Money

comic play by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

author: Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Paul Clifford

novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

author: Edward Bulwer-Lytton

1830

Richelieu

1839 historical play by the British writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton

author: Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The Last of the Barons

book by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

author: Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The Caxtons

book by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

author: Edward Bulwer-Lytton

1849

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