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The Life, Letters and Literary Remains of Edward Bulwer, Lord Lytton

The Life, Letters and Literary Remains of Edward Bulwer, Lord Lytton
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  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108069595

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  • One of the most popular writers of his age, outsold only by Dickens, Edward George Bulwer Lytton (1803–73), first Baron Lytton, is notable for coining the phrases 'the great unwashed' and 'the pen is mightier than the sword', although his work is largely forgotten today. G. K. Chesterton's appraisal was that 'you could not have the Victorian Age without him'. Lytton requested that his son Edward Robert (1831–91), first Earl of Lytton, complete his autobiography. Complemented by letters and previously unpublished material - the better to flesh out the story of a prolific literary life - it appeared in two volumes in 1883. In his preface, Edward Robert writes that his main purpose is 'to illustrate my father's works by his life, and his life by his works'. Volume 1 traces Lytton's life up to the age of twenty-two. Volume 2 completes the biographical narrative, including details of his political career, correspondence with Disraeli, and work left unfinished.

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    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108069595
    • length: 816 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 1.03kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Part I. Childhood:
    1. The Bulwers
    2. Maternal grandfather and grandmother
    3. The child of parted parents
    4. Knebworth
    5. The Lyttons
    6. First suitors
    7. The deserted house
    8. Elizabeth Lytton
    9. Last suitors
    10. Miss Lytton marries Colonel Bulwer
    11. Birth of William, Henry, and Edward Bulwer
    12. Elizabeth's married life
    13. General Bulwer
    14. The old scholar
    15. The first temptation
    16. Practical ethics
    17. Reminiscences of childhood
    18. The scholar's death
    19. The arrival of the books
    20. The child's intercourse with them
    21. The departure of the books
    Part II. School:
    1. First experiences of school life
    2. Schoolmaster and schoolboy
    3. Last experiences of school life
    4. Life at Ealing
    5. First essays in authorship
    6. Letters to a fellow-pupil
    7. Letters from elder friends
    8. First love
    9. Love story continued
    10. Life at St Lawrence
    11. The manuscript of Lionel Hastings
    12. Lionel Hastings (cont.)
    13. Lionel Hastings (cont.)
    14. Lionel Hastings (cont.)
    15. Lionel Hastings (cont.)
    16. Lionel Hastings (cont.)
    Part III. College:
    1. Life at Cambridge
    2. End of college life
    3. Union debates and college contemporaries
    4. Non-academical studies
    5. Literary works at Cambridge
    6. History of the British public
    Part IV. Wanderjahr:
    1. The grave of a dream
    2. The tale of a dreamer
    3. Windermere
    4. An adventure
    5. Visit to Mr Owen
    6. An adventure in the Highlands
    7. Scarborough
    8. Life with the gipsies
    9. How it ended
    10. Lady Caroline Lamb
    11. Lady Caroline Lamb (cont.)
    12. De Lindsay
    13. First connection with a duel
    14. Social relations with the Faubourg St-Germain. Volume 2: Part V. Single Life:
    1. Prospect and retrospect
    2. Influence of the Abbé Kinsella
    3. Mrs Cunningham
    4. Weeds and Wildflowers
    5. Rosina Wheeler
    6. The Nouvelle Héloïse
    7. Return to England
    Part VI. Unprofessional Authorship:
    1. 'O'Niel'
    2. Glenallan
    3. Sketches and studies
    4. Falkland
    Part VII. Matrimony and Professional Authorship:
    1. Uncertainty and dejection
    2. Engaged
    3. Married
    4. Woodcot
    5. Life at Woodcot
    6. Estrangement between mother and son
    7. Drudgery
    8. Pelham
    9. Birth of a daughter and publication of The Disowned
    10. Reconciliation with his mother, and removal to London
    11. Effect of the literary upon the married life
    12. Devereux
    13. Paul Clifford
    Book VIII. Continuance of Literary and Commencement of Parliamentary Life:
    1. Literary susceptibilities
    2. The Vicar of Wakefield
    3. Personal and family incidents
    4. Entry into Parliament
    5. Benjamin Disraeli
    6. Greville
    7. Greville (cont.)
    8. Greville (cont.)
    9. Greville (cont.)
    10. Greville (cont.)
    11. Greville (cont.)
    12. Greville (cont.)
    13. Greville broken off.

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    Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton

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