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Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron Lytton (1803–1873)

Author of The Last Days of Pompeii

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About the Author

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord of Lytton, was born on May 25, 1803 in London, England. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge in 1822, won the Chancellor's Gold Medal for English verse in 1825, and received a B.A. degree the following year. He was a novelist, poet, playwright, and politician. He coined show more the phrases the "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "the pen is mightier than the sword", and the opening line "It was a dark and stormy night". He wrote in a variety of genres, including historical fiction, mystery, romance, the occult, and science fiction. His works included Falkland, Pelham, Eugene Aram, The Last Days of Pompei, Ernest Maltravers, Zanoni, The Last of the Barons, The Caxtons, and A Strange Story. He also published several volumes of poetry including Ismael and The New Timon. His best known play was The Lady of Lyons. He served as the Secretary of State for the Colonies in from 1858 to 1859 and played a large part in the organization of the new colony of British Columbia. He became Baron Lytton of Knebworth in July 1866 and thereafter took his place in the House of Peers. He died on May 23, 1873, just short of his 70th birthday. The cause of death was not clear but it was thought that an infection he had in his ear had affected his brain. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Disambiguation Notice:

Please do not combine with Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, Earl of Lytton, aka Owen Meredith, 1831-1891, who is the son of this author.

Works by Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron Lytton

The Last Days of Pompeii (1834) 1,879 copies
The Coming Race (1871) 486 copies
Zanoni (1842) 271 copies
The Last of the Barons (1843) 107 copies
Paul Clifford (1848) 101 copies
Haunted and the Haunters (1859) 96 copies
Nineteenth Century Plays (1953) — Contributor — 74 copies
Pelham (1828) 74 copies
A Strange Story (1861) 70 copies
Eugene Aram (1832) 67 copies
The Caxtons (1883) 55 copies
Night and Morning (1845) 48 copies
What Will He Do with It? (1859) 47 copies
Alice or the Mysteries (1838) 47 copies
Devereux (1829) 44 copies
Ernest Maltravers (1837) 43 copies
My Novel (1855) 35 copies
Kenelm Chillingly (1873) 34 copies
Lucretia (1883) 31 copies
The Disowned (1829) 28 copies
Godolphin (2006) 24 copies
The Parisians (1873) 23 copies
Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Book II. (1837) — Author — 20 copies
The Pilgrims of the Rhine (1861) 19 copies
Falkland (1827) 14 copies
My Novel - vol. II (1901) 11 copies
Zicci (2003) 10 copies
The Lady of Lyons (1838) 8 copies
Money (1982) 7 copies
My Novel - vol. I (1901) 7 copies
Pausanias, the Spartan (1878) 7 copies
The Parisians, Volume I (1875) 7 copies
The Parisians. Volume II (1875) 6 copies
Caxtoniana (2011) 4 copies
Tomlinsoniana (2012) 3 copies
Zanoni, Volume 2 (2010) 3 copies
Luz y sombras 2 copies
The sea-captain 2 copies
Asmodeus aller Orten (2016) 2 copies
King Arthur (2010) 2 copies
Dramas and Poems (1894) 2 copies
Eugene Aram Vol. 2 (2011) 2 copies
Paul Clifford Vol. 2 (2015) 2 copies
Vril: The Coming Race (2017) 2 copies
Aux-Italiens 1 copy
Vril : dolazeca rasa (2007) 1 copy
Bulwer's Works (1888) 1 copy
Kenelm 1 copy
LA RACE A VENIR. (1987) 1 copy
Glenallan (2011) 1 copy
Paul Clifford Band 4 (2016) 1 copy
Paul Clifford Band 2 (2016) 1 copy
Pelham; Eugene Aram (1900) 1 copy
Paul Clifford Band 1 (2016) 1 copy
Paul Clifford Band 6 (2016) 1 copy
Paul Clifford Band 3 (2016) 1 copy
Paul Clifford Band 5 (2016) 1 copy
Paul Clifford Band 7 (2016) 1 copy
"My novel", 1 copy

Associated Works

Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (1944) — Contributor — 644 copies
English Poetry, Volume III: From Tennyson to Whitman (1909) — Contributor — 620 copies
The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre (1997) — Contributor — 421 copies
H.P. Lovecraft's Book of Horror (1993) — Contributor — 312 copies
The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (2000) — Contributor — 298 copies
Famous Ghost Stories (1944) — Author — 137 copies
65 Great Spine Chillers (1988) — Contributor — 81 copies
The Vampyre and Other Macabre Tales (2012) — Contributor — 74 copies
Haunted House Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2019) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Contributor — 67 copies
The World's Greatest Horror Stories (1994) — Contributor — 65 copies
The Lock and Key Library (Volume 7: Oldtime English) (1909) — Contributor — 41 copies
The Eighth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1972) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Best Crime Stories Ever Told (2012) — Contributor — 35 copies
The Best Ghost Stories (1919) — Contributor — 34 copies
The Garden of Hermetic Dreams (2004) — Contributor — 34 copies
London Assurance and Other Victorian Comedies (2001) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Mystery Book (1934) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Best Ghost Stories (1990) — Contributor — 27 copies
Great Short Stories Volume 2: Ghost Stories (1906) — Contributor — 26 copies
Great English Short Stories (1930) — Contributor — 20 copies
A Century of Thrillers from Poe to Arlen (First Series) (1934) — Contributor — 18 copies
Ghosts and Marvels (1924) — Contributor — 17 copies
The Haunted and the Haunters (1975) — Contributor — 10 copies
International Short Stories English (Volume 2) (1910) — Contributor — 8 copies
Great Love Scenes from Famous Novels (1943) — Contributor — 5 copies
Ghosts and Ghastlies (1976) — Contributor — 5 copies
Spookbeeld vijf Victoriaanse vertellingen (1980) — Contributor — 4 copies
Maestros Ingleses, Tomo III (1962) — Contributor — 2 copies
Poltergeist: Tales of Deadly Ghosts (1987) — Contributor — 2 copies
The Queen’s Story Book — Contributor — 2 copies
The Nightmare Reader (1973) — Contributor — 2 copies
Gespenster — Contributor — 1 copy
The princess's story book — Contributor — 1 copy
The King's Story Book — Contributor — 1 copy
Upiorny Narzeczony I Inne Opowieści Z Dreszczykiem (1967) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Lytton, Edward Bulwer, Baron Lytton
Legal name
Bulwer-Lytton, Edward George Earle Lytton
Other names
Bulwer-Lytton, Sir Edward George
Lord Lytton
Bulwer-Lytton, Baron Edward
Bulwer-Lytton, Edward George Earle
Baron Lytton of Knebworth
Date of death
Burial location
Westminster Abbey, London, England, UK
Country (for map)
England, UK
London, England, UK
Place of death
Torquay, Devon, England, UK
Places of residence
Knebworth, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
London, England, UK
Delhi, India
Lisbon, Portugal
University of Cambridge (Trinity College)
University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall|BA|1826)
University of Bonn
Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Robert (son)
Bulwer, Henry (brother)
Lytton, Constance (granddaughter)
Lutyens, Mary (great-granddaughter)
Balfour, Betty (granddaughter)
Bulwer-Lytton, Victor (grandson) (show all 11)
Lytton, Neville (grandson)
Lytton, Noel Anthony Scawen (great-grandson)
Lutyens, Emily Lytton (granddaughter)
Lutyens, Elisabeth (great-granddaughter)
Balfour, Lady Eve (great-granddaughter)
UK Parliament
Awards and honors
Peer of the Realm (1866)
Chancellor's Gold Medal (Cambridge University, 1825)
Short biography
Edward Bulwer changed his surname to Bulwer-Lytton in 1844 at the request of his mother, and was created first Baron Lytton in 1866. He was a popular writer who coined several phrases that would go on to become clichés, including the opening line to his 1830 novel Paul Clifford, "It was a dark and stormy night." His name lives on in the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, in which the contestants craft bad openings for imaginary novels.
Disambiguation notice
Please do not combine with Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, Earl of Lytton, aka Owen Meredith, 1831-1891, who is the son of this author.



It tells the story of the virtuous Greeks Glaucus and Ione, their escape from Pompeii amid the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 ce, and their eventual conversion to Christianity, against a background of Roman decadence and corrupt Eastern religion.
RedeemedRareBooks | 21 other reviews | Mar 2, 2024 |
This is a very effective short ghost story about a haunted house in the middle of London, the typical place where no tenant has served out their term and all quitted after a day or two. The author builds up an atmosphere of thick horror and oppression very well within a few pages - "I felt as if some strange and ghastly exhalation were rising up from the chinks of that rugged floor, and filling the atmosphere with a venomous influence hostile to human life". The narrator is determined to find the true rational explanation for the hauntings as he refuses to believe in the supernatural and, in the end, he does identify the source, but it is based on a Medieval monkish curse. A gripping piece of writing.… (more)
john257hopper | 5 other reviews | Dec 27, 2023 |
archivomorero | 21 other reviews | Aug 20, 2023 |
This is a richly written early 19th century novel. While the setting is suitably dramatic as per the title, the actual events of the impending eruption of Vesuvius and destruction of Pompeii are very much in the background, against the central plot of the rivalry between the Egyptian priest Arbaces and the Greek Glaucus over the same woman, Ione. Another priest Apaceides (who has converted to Christianity) is murdered by Arbaces and Glaucus is framed it. About to face a hungry lion in the arena, he is only saved by the apocalypse itself. This novel is very melodramatic and theatrical to the modern reader, but I enjoyed its richness, despite some occasional overlong digressions - though even these had their poignancy when compared to the ruins found in recent times.… (more)
john257hopper | 21 other reviews | Aug 6, 2023 |



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