A Dark and Stormy Site

The Edward George Bulwer-Lytton Home Page

Welcome to the home page of Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, the British novelist and poet who lived from 1803 to 1873. I am best-known today for beginning the 1830 novel Paul Clifford with the following line:

"It was a dark and stormy night and the rain fell in torrents -- except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."

However, what I would prefer to be known for is my dislike of the residents of Greece:

"Those who look back to classic days of Greece would be greatly disappointed at its present state.... and would be astonished to find any resemblance still exists between the Greek who fought at Marathon and Thermopylae, and the one who is at present contending on the same field as his ancestors." -- An Autumn in Greece, 1826

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