Edward Bulwer-Lytton 1803—1873

Edward Bulwer-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”. Bulwer-Lytton’s wrote in a variety of genres, including historical fiction, mystery, romance, the occult, and science fiction. He financed his extravagant life with a varied and prolific literary output, sometimes publishing anonymously.

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Alice (1838)

This is another outstanding occult, Rosicrucian, novel that emphasizes one of Lytton’s famous esoteric principles-vibration A sequel to the disenchanted...read more »


A Strange Story (1862)

‘A Strange Story’ is an extraordinary testament to the belief in and fascination with the Occult and spiritualism that was prevalent in nineteenth centu...read more »


Godolphin (1833)

Godolphin is a satirical 19th century British romance novel about the life of an idealistic man, Percy Godolphin, and his eventual lover, Constance Vern...read more »


Harold: Last of the Saxons (1848)

A fascinating fictionalised biography of the life of Harold Godwinson, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, defeated by William the Conqueror at the Ba...read more »


The Caxtons (1849)

The Caxtons are; Austin Caxton, a scholar engaged on a great work, ‘The History of Human Error;’ his wife Kitty, much his junior; his brother Roland, th...read more »


The Haunted and the Haunters (1859)

Lytton has presented a wicked and malicious persona that fulfills all demonic characteristics. This It is a fantastic epic romance is referred to as a g...read more »


The Last Days of Pompeii (1834)

Classic Victorian tale of the last days of Pompeii, doomed city that lay at the feet of Mount Vesuvius. From poets to flower-girls, gladiators to Roman ...read more »


The Last of the Barons (1843)

Considered Bulwer-Lytton’s best romance novel, in The Last of the Barons, as in Harold, the aim has been to illustrate the actual history of the period,...read more »


Vril: The Power of the Coming Race (1871)

From Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth to Rudy Rucker’s The Hollow Earth, subterranean worlds have been a source of both fascination and ...read more »


Zanoni (1842)

Before Orlando, before The Highlander, before the Elves in Lord of the Rings, before any and all fictional immortals, there was Zanoni. Through magical ...read more »