Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Baroness Lytton

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Standard Name: Lytton, Rosina Bulwer Lytton,,, Baroness
Birth Name: Rosina Wheeler
Married Name: Rosina Bulwer Lytton
Pseudonym: Hon. George Scott
RBLBL wrote prolifically after her separation from her husband in 1836, penning sixteen novels, as well as a collection of essays and an autobiography. A vein of polemic runs through her work regarding the treatment of women, particularly married women, under nineteenth-century British law. She encountered great difficulty in getting her work published because of her notoriety and the pressure that her husband, a successful novelist, exerted on publishers. He even obtained legal injunctions against her work, which often parodied him.
Blain, Virginia. “Rosina Bulwer Lytton and the Rage of the Unheard”. The Huntington Library Quarterly, No. 3, pp. 210 - 36.
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Stipple engraving of the head of Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Baroness Lytton, by John Jewell Penstone after Alfred Edward Chalon, 1852. Her face is framed by dark hair and a light gauzy scarf wrapped around her head. Her signature, "Rosina Lytton", appears below. National Portrait Gallery.
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Birth Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, first Earl Lytton
The future diplomat and poet Edward Robert Bulwer (later Bulwer Lytton , who also used the pseudonym Owen Meredith) was born in London, the younger child of writers Rosina and Edward Bulwer (later Bulwer Lytton) .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Cultural formation L. E. L.
There are indications, however, that a rather suspect class standing contributed along with somewhat bohemian behaviour to the difficulty she had about weathering scandal. Benjamin Disraeli famously and snobbishly wrote of a party at the
Family and Intimate relationships Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton
In April 1836 Edward Bulwer and his wife separated. Rosina Bulwer (later Bulwer-Lytton) retained custody of their children for two years. In 1838, Edward took custody of the children and denied her access to them...
Family and Intimate relationships Anna Wheeler
After twelve years of marriage, AW took both her daughters (of whom the younger, Rosina , was the future novelist Rosina Bulwer Lytton) and left her husband .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Sadleir, Michael. Bulwer: A Panorama. Constable, 1931.
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Kelly, Gary, editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 158. Gale Research, 1996.
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Family and Intimate relationships Anna Wheeler
The younger daughter, Rosina (born on 4 November 1802), as Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Baroness Lytton, achieved some fame as a novelist and notoriety as a woman violently at odds with her husband.
Family and Intimate relationships Constance Lytton
CL 's father, Edward Robert Bulwer (first earl Lytton) or Owen Meredith, was a child of the abusive marriage between two writers, Rosina Bulwer Lytton and Edward Bulwer (later Bulwer-Lytton). Edward Robert became a...
Family and Intimate relationships Isa Blagden
IB nursed Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton , diplomat, author, and son of Rosina Bulwer Lytton , through a serious bout of gastric fever.
Raymond, William O. “Our Lady of Bellosguardo: A Pastel Portrait”. University of Toronto Quarterly, pp. 446 - 63.
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Browning, Robert, and Isa Blagden. “Introduction”. Dearest Isa: Robert Browning’s Letters to Isabella Blagden, edited by Edward C. McAleer, Greenwood Press, 1970, p. xix - xxxiii.
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Family and Intimate relationships Constance Lytton
Her paternal grandmother, Rosina Bulwer Lytton , became a novelist and a supporter of women's rights after separating from her husband. She died on 12 March 1882, when Constance was just thirteen. For Constance (who...
Family and Intimate relationships Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton
On 29 August 1827 Edward Bulwer (later Bulwer-Lytton) married Rosina Wheeler ; his mother disapproved of the marriage and stopped his allowance.
Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Baroness Lytton,. “Introduction”. A Blighted Life, edited by Marie Mulvey Roberts, Thoemmes, 1994, p. vi - xxxvi.
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Family and Intimate relationships Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, first Earl Lytton
His mother was the novelist Rosina Bulwer Lytton . Her often violent marriage to Edward Bulwer Lytton ended in a very public separation. While she initially retained custody of their two children, Emily and young...
Family and Intimate relationships Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton
On 8 November 1831, Edward Bulwer 's second child with his wife Rosina , Edward Robert Bulwer , was born. He grew up to be a writer like both of his parents, as well as a diplomat.
Sadleir, Michael. Bulwer: A Panorama. Constable, 1931.
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Fictionalization Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton
Despite the controversy surrounding some of his early writings, Bulwer-Lytton was recognised by mid-Victorian critics as a significant and accomplished novelist. Once Rosina Bulwer Lytton , his estranged wife, turned to writing to support herself...
Fictionalization Lady Caroline Lamb
The other great love of her life, her husband, was equally productive for fictionalized versions of her character and doings. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography cites among novels dealing with her marriage Thomas Lister
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Isabella Spence
During the 1820s Spence and Benger, then past their youth and each living on a pittance, were associated in running a salon on the model of those of the rich (like Lady Holland) or the...
Friends, Associates Catherine Gore
CG was acquainted with a number of important literary figures. Before leaving London for the Continent she attended an assembly given by Rosina Bulwer-Lytton to which Disraeli , Lady Morgan , and Letitia Landon also...

Timeline

June 1874
In an infamous Fortnightly Review article, Henry Maudsley condemned education for women as injurious to their bodies and as presaging a sexless race.
1943
Lady Eve Balfour , an early proponent of organic farming (an earl's daughter whose dazzling family connections made her a descendant of the writer Rosina Bulwer Lytton and niece of the suffragists Frances Balfour and...