Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword. --1 Richelieu. Act ii.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton was one of the most
famous novelists in his day. Educated at Trinity College
in Cambridge, like many of the Romantic writers, Lytton
pursued politics, drama, and literature. He participated
in the activities of Parliament from 1831 to 1841, returning
in 1858 and serving as Secretary of State for the colonies
in 1858. In 1866 he became Baron Lytton of Knebworth. Although
Lytton admired Schiller, Goethe, Godwin, and Byron, he popularized
and contributed to the historical novel, of which he is
most famous for. He also wrote a series of humorous domestic
novels and plays. Lytton is known for coining such phrases
as "the pen is mightier than the sword" and "it
was a dark and stormy night."
Paul Clifford (1830)
Eugene Aram (1832)
The Last Days of Pompeii (1834)
The Caxtons (1849)
The Coming Race
The Lady of Lyons (1838), Richelieu (1839),
and Money (1840).
Essay by John S. Moore
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