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Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton entry: Overview screen.
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Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton, who began his prolific career as Edward Bulwer, wrote many kinds of novels—from the silver-fork genre (whose name derived from a derisive reference to Bulwer himself as a "silver fork polisher" Bibliographic Citation link. in Fraser's Magazine ) and domestic fiction to crime or Newgate novels (the forerunner of sensation fiction), science fiction, and occult stories. He also wrote three plays, several books of poetry, and an Arthurian epic, as well as editing The New Monthly Magazine from 1831 to 1833. Bibliographic Citation link.
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25 May 1803 Edward George Bulwer (later Bulwer-Lytton), future novelist and politician, was born at 31 Baker Street, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1828 Edward Bulwer published his second novel, the phenomenally successful portrait of a dandy titled Pelham; or, The Adventures of a Gentleman, a three-volume silver-fork novel that introduced the custom of dark suits for men. Bibliographic Citation link.
1830 Edward Bulwer, as 'the author of Pelham', published his fifth novel, Paul Clifford, in three volumes; this story of a genteel highwayman was the first of the Newgate or crime novels and an attack on capital punishment. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 27 May 1871 Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Lord Lytton, anonymously published his popular science fiction novel The Coming Race. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1872-January 1874 Edward Bulwer-Lytton's final novel, The Parisians, set during the second French empire, was serialised in Blackwood's Magazine, the latter part posthumously. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 January 1873 Novelist and politician Edward Bulwer-Lytton, now Baron Lytton, died at his winter home, Argyll Hall in Torquay, Devon. Bibliographic Citation link.
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