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Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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    (May 25, 1803-January 18, 1873)
    Born in Heydon Hall, Norfolk, United Kingdom
    Baronet of Knebworth (1838-73)
    Baron Lytton (1866-73)
    Member of Parliament (1831-41,1852-66)
    Secretary of State for the Colonies (1858-59)
    Wrote the novels 'Pelham' (1828), 'Godolphin' (1833), 'The Last Days of Pompei' (1834), 'Rienzi' (1835), 'Harold: Last of the Saxon Kings' (1848) and 'Vril: The Power of the Coming Race' (1870)
    He was considered a neurotic and precocious child.
    He bought a commission in the army, but sold it without serving.
    Although popular in his day, he is now remembered mainly for coining the clichéd opening line, 'It was a dark and stormy night.'
    He responded to his estranged wife heckling him on the campaign trail by having her committed.
    His father died when he was four.
    He was good friends with Charles Dickens, who named his youngest son after him.
    He coined the phrases 'the great unwashed,' 'the pursuit of the almighty dollar' and 'the pen is mightier than the sword.'
    He inspired San Jose State University to launch the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for the worst possible opening sentence for a novel.

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