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Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, correspondence with Charles William Mark Kent

 Collection — Container: MS C.1.41
Call Number: MS C.1.41

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 138 letters written between 1851-1872 by Edward Bulwer Lytton to writer and journalist Charles William Mark Kent. In the letters, Lytton discusses politics, his writing, and his health. Some letters provide news of possible government appointments and in others Lytton consoles Kent on the state of his health.


  • 1851-1872


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Biographical / Historical

Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron (1803-1873) was a British novelist and politician. He wrote about 30 novels, many of them bestselling, in several different genres including historical fiction, romance, and mystery. It was Bulwer-Lytton who first wrote “It was a dark and stormy night,” as well as the phrases “the great unwashed”, “the almighty dollar”, and “the pen is mightier than the sword”.

Charles William Mark Kent (1823-1902) was a writer and journalist who edited The Sun, one of the first evening newspapers in England that reviewed books.


138.00 Items

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Arranged chronologically.

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  • 2014-09: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, September 2014.

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