This collection contains an original contract in the Bulwer-Lytton’s own handwriting for the publication of his essays and criticisms for which he received $1250. The three-page contract is bound in full red morocco binding.
Permission to publish material from the Edward Bulwer-Lytton Contract must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.
Biographical / Historical
Edward Bulwar-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, began his literary career in 1820 but he was also a politician, and was a respected member of Parliament for nine years. He authored novels, poems, essays and plays and was a very well-known author. Some of his works include: Godolphin, followed by The Pilgrims of the Rhine (1834), The Last Days of Pompeii (1834), Rienzi: Last of the Tribunes (1835), and Harold: Last of the Saxon Kings (1848). Lord Lytton coined phrases such as “The pen is almightier than the sword” and “It was a dark and stormy night.” After his death in January 1873, he was buried in Westminster Abbey.
This collection contains an original contract in the Bulwer-Lytton’s own handwriting for the publication of his essays and criticisms for which he received $1250. Bulwer-Lytton was an English novelist, playwright, poet, and politician. Lord Lytton was a famous author who coined phrases such as “The pen is almightier than the sword” and “It was a dark and stormy night.”
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated to Fondren by Leopold L. Meyer, in memory of Bob Hope, on September 8, 1970.
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University 6100 Main St.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, contract, ca. 1864, MS 300, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. http://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/254 Accessed September 24, 2023.