Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton biography

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Novelist, Politician

1803 – 1873


Who was Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton?

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton PC, was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was immensely popular with the reading public and wrote a stream of bestselling novels which earned him a considerable fortune. He coined the phrases "the great unwashed", "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "the pen is mightier than the sword", "dweller on the threshold", as well as the infamous opening line "It was a dark and stormy night".

Famous Quotes:

  • Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny.
  • Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.
  • A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
  • The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.
  • A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today.
  • Common sense is only a modification of talent. Genius is an exaltation of it. The difference is, therefore, in degree, not nature.
  • There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.
  • Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.
  • It is difficult to say who do you the most harm: enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best.
  • In science read the newest works, in literature read the oldest.


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May 25, 1803
Also known as
  • Edward Bulwer
  • Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton
  • Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Lord Lytton
  • Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord Lytton
  • Sir Edward Earle Bulwer-Lytton
  • Bulwer-Lytton
  • Pisistratus Caxton
  • Edward Lytton
  • E. Bulwer Lytton
  • England
  • Trinity Hall, Cambridge
  • Trinity College, Cambridge
Jan 18, 1873

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