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Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803–1873)


He is the originator of the now-infamous line "It was a dark and stormy night", often used by Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip "Peanuts", as a classic example of bad writing. It is from the novel "Paul Clifford". See more trivia »

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 1984 The Last Days of Pompeii (TV Mini-Series) (based on the novel by - 3 episodes)
- Part 3 (1984) ... (based on the novel by - as Edward Bulwer Lytton)
- Part 2 (1984) ... (based on the novel by - as Edward Bulwer Lytton)
- Part 1 (1984) ... (based on the novel by - as Edward Bulwer Lytton)
 1959 The Last Days of Pompeii (novel: "The Last Days of Pompeii")
 1950 Sins of Pompeii (novel "The Last Days of Pompeii" - uncredited)
 1948 The Ghost of Rashmon Hall (story "The Haunters and the Haunted")
 1935 Cardinal Richelieu (play "Richelieu" - as Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton)
 1926 The Last Days of Pompeii (novel "The Last Days of Pompeii")
 1925 In the Name of Love (novel "The Lady of Lyons")
 1924 Eugene Aram (novel "Eugene Aram")
 1921 Money (play)
 1920 Ernest Maltravers (novel)
 1915 Eugene Aram (novel)
 1915/I Money (Short) (play - as Bulwer Lytton)
 1914 Damon and Pythias (story - as E. Bulwer Lytton)
 1914 Ernest Maltravers (Short) (story)
 1914 Richelieu (play)
 1914 Eugene Aram (novel)
 1914 Cardinal Richelieu's Ward (play "Richelieu")
 1913 The End of the Road (Short) (story - as E. Bulwer Lytton)
 1913 The Lady of Lyons; or, Love and Pride (play - as Lord Lytton)
 1913 The Last Days of Pompeii (novel "The Last Days of Pompeii")
 1910 Justinian and Theodora (Short) (story)
 1910 The Roman (Short) (story)
 1910 Richelieu; or: The Conspiracy (Short) (play "Richelieu")
 1909 The Christian Martyrs (Short) (story)
 1908 The Last Days of Pompeii (Short)
 1908 Damon and Pythias (Short) (story)

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Other Works:

Novel: "Rienzi, the Last of the Roman Tribunes". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton | Bulwer Lytton | E. Bulwer Lytton | Edward Bulwer Lytton | Lord Lytton

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Personal Quote:

It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart. See more »


He was one of Charles Dickens' closest friends and favorite authors. It was Bulwer-Lytton who persuaded Dickens to change the ending of "Great Expectations" from a downbeat ending to a happy one. See more »

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