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Lord Lytton was a florid, popular writer of hi His widowed mother had done the same in A delicate and neurotic, but precocious, child, he was sent to various boarding schools, where he was always discontented until a Mr Wallington at Baling encouraged him to publish, at the age of fifteen, an immature work, Ishmael and Other Poems.
Upon their marriage, his mother withdrew his allowance, and he was forced to set to work seriously. Three years later, she published a novel called Cheveley, or the Man of Honour, in which Lord Lytton then still surnamed Bulwer was bitterly caricatured.
In Junewhen her husband was standing as parliamentary candidate for Hertfordshire, she appeared at the hustings and indignantly denounced him.
She was consequently placed under restraint as insane, but liberated a few weeks later. This was chronicled in her book A Blighted Life. According to the Fulham Football Club, he once resided in the original Craven Cottage, today the site of their stadium.
Lord Lytton began his career as a follower of Jeremy Bentham. In he was elected member for St Ives in Cornwall, after which he was returned for Lincoln inand sat in Parliament for that city for nine years.
He spoke in favour of the Reform Bill, and took the leading part in securing the reduction, after vainly essaying the repeal, of the newspaper stamp duties.
Lord Melbourne, then Prime Minister, offered him a lordship of the admiralty, which he declined as likely to interfere with his activity as an author. Inhe left Parliament and spent some years in continental travel, reentering the political field in ; this time, having differed from the policy of Lord John Russell over the Corn Laws, he stood for Hertfordshire as a Conservative.
Lord Lytton held that seat untilwhen he was raised to the peerage as Baron Lytton, of Knebworth in the County of Hertford.
In the House of Lords he was comparatively inactive. He took a proprietary interest in the development of the Crown Colony of British Columbia and wrote with great passion to the Royal Engineers upon assigning them their duties there. He wrote in a variety of genres, including historical fiction, mystery, romance, the occult, and science fiction.
In he attracted general attention with Pelham, a humorous, intimate study of the dandyism of the age which kept gossips busy in identifying characters with public figures of the time. A highly melodramatic sub-plot is interwoven. Last of the Tribunesand Harold: Last of the Saxon Kings Although young at the time, Villiers went on to an exceptionally long parliamentary career, while Cockburn became Lord Chief Justice of England in He penned many other works, including The Coming Race also reprinted as Vril: The Power of the Coming Racewhich drew heavily on his interest in the occult and contributed to the birth of the science fiction genre.
Some believe the book helped to inspire Nazi mysticism, and it has contributed to Hollow Earth theory. Unquestionably, its story of a subterranean race of men waiting to reclaim the surface is one of the early science fiction novels. Bulwer-Lytton pioneered a style of writing that, while it was very popular in his day, contemporary critics came to consider overly florid and excessively embellished by comparison with the writing styles favoured in modern times.
His name lives on in the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, in which contestants supply terrible openings of imaginary novels, inspired by his novel Paul Clifford, which opens with the famous words:Each year, the Bulwer-Lytton prize for bad writing (prize money: "a pittance") is bestowed upon a writer who can "compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels." Edward Bulwer.
Bulwer-Lytton, a minor Victorian novelist, is credited with popularizing the famous line “it was a dark and stormy night” that the cartoon beagle Snoopy loved so much. The English Department at San Jose State University has been organizing the whimsical contest since Most writers would be horrified to win the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction award for worst writing.
But Jeanne Villa is the exception. She's actually thrilled to have been selected. The year-old Novato Fire Protection District information technician was celebrating her badness Wednesday after learning by e.
The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (BLFC) is a tongue-in-cheek contest, held annually and sponsored by the English Department of San Jose State University in San Jose, California. Entrants are invited "to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels" – that is, deliberately bad.
Every year, the announcement of Bulwer-Lytton Prize is a gift from bad writing heaven. Inspired by novelist and playwright Edward George Bulwer-Lytton’s famous “it was a dark and stormy night” opener, the contest asks writers to submit an opening sentence for the “worst of all possible.
Jul 29, · There’s something fascinating about regarding the train wreck of bad writing (I mean, just look at Dan Brown), and the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest celebrates the fact.
The Apostropher reminds us that this year’s contest has just awarded its prizes, and treats us to some wonderful examples of writing that Bulwer-Lytton would have been proud of.