Some of May's most illuminating work appears in her fifth chapter, on secrecy, orientalism, and Bulwer-Lytton
's 1838 historical romance Leila; or, The Siege of Granada.
When novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton
in 1839, in his historical play Cardinal Richelieu, wrote "the pen is mightier than the sword," he had no inkling of just how lethal this ink-spewing implement would be almost two centuries hence.
After all, one of science fiction's founding fathers was a 19th-century conservative named Edward Bulwer-Lytton
In writing to Derby himself, and also to the novelist-politician-classicist Edward Bulwer-Lytton
(to whom Blackwood was closer), he referred to the reviewer as "he" (MS 30361,27 March 1865, f.
A Dark and Stormy Oeuvre: Crime, Magic and Power in the Novels of Edward Bulwer-Lytton
In fact it was described by Writer's Digest as "the literary poster child for bad story starters." Alternatively the American Book Review ranked it as #22 on its "Best first lines from novels list." Despite the fact that it was written by the English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton
, to most people it was how Snoopy, (from the comic strip Peanuts), in his imagined persona as the World Famous Author, always began his novels.
He detained the assassin of the Prime Minister Spencer Perceval in 1812, "a feat not too heroic," as MatofF comments with the judicious dryness that is a welcome feature of the book, "as by this time Bellingham was sitting quietly on a bench, offering no resistance." He befriended many writers, including Edward Bulwer-Lytton
and Charles Dickens, reprinting (without permission) the latter's story of Sam Weller from the first installment of The Pickwick Papers, but helping the young novelist by advising him "to develop Sam Weller's character 'largely--to the utmost.' " Later he would bring the work of Hans Christian Andersen to the attention of his readers, and he effected a meeting between Andersen and Dickens.
The annual Bulwer-Lytton
Fiction contest rewards mangled metaphors, purple prose and cliches.
Jeffrey Franklin's straightforward and persuasive "The Evolution of Occult Spirituality in Victorian England and the Representative Case of Edward Bulwer-Lytton
" follows two of the author's more occult-heavy works, Zannoni and A Strange Story, to show how his work influenced later occult fiction from Ryder Haggard to contemporary vampire novels.
Yet, another eminent Victorian and popular writer, Edward Bulwer-Lytton
, specified the acquisition of wealth as the only and primarily important criterion for an individual's achievement of social elevation in Victorian England; indeed, as David Newsome emphasizes, in Bulwer-Lytton
's view, "everybody seemed to be aspiring to be on the move--upwards; and each stage of the advance was associated with the acquisition of money" (1997: 63).
THERE is a famous saying "the pen is mightier than the sword", which was coined by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton
in 1839 for his play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy.
84, Allis again deploys a literary connection--Edward Bulwer-Lytton
's (1803-73) fantastical novel A Strange Story of 1860--to exonerate a musical work from charges that in this case include a dubitable standard of creative inspiration alongside structural disjunction.
Some follow the format of literature scholarship, looking at the topic through the lens of literary works by a particular author: Edward Carpenter, Henry James, Edward Bulwer-Lytton
. One essay looks at Victorian post-humanism, which some readers may recognize as contemporary transhumanism.
Strangely (at least it seems strange today), it was Edward Bulwer-Lytton
, a good friend of Dickens, who read the completed manuscript and suggested a fundamental change.
Try to find books that capture the prose style of Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton
. But keep on your toes.