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By David Huckvale

Edward Bulwer-Lytton—who coined the phrases “the nice unwashed” and “the pen is mightier than the sword”—is top remembered for persuading Dickens to alter the finishing of Great Expectations; yet Lord Lytton was once a prolific and influential novelist in his personal correct, inspiring Edgar Allan Poe, H. Rider Haggard and Madame Blavatsky, between others. His radicalism was once applauded by way of William Godwin, the daddy of either Mary Shelley and the anarchist move, and his principles approximately energy foreshadowed these of Friedrich Nietzsche.
enthusiastic about crime, Bulwer-Lytton used to be an outspoken critic of his society, either in his novels and all through his political occupation. both interested by paranormal phenomena, he wrote of an important occult fantasies in English literature and set the time table of the Society for Psychical Research.
His ancient romance The final Days of Pompeii has encouraged numerous videos and a star-studded tv sequence, whereas his stately domestic at Knebworth has supplied brooding Gothic backdrops for lots of different motion pictures. This ebook covers Bulwer-Lytton’s novels intimately, exploring their impression on writers and movie makers and, through Richard Wagner’s operatic version of Rienzi, the disaster of Adolf Hitler.

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