Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, contract, undated MS 300



creator Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron
Title: Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, contract
Dates: undated
Abstract: 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.”
Identification: MS 300
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet (1 folder)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Edward Bulwer-Lytton Contract must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.


Index Terms

contracts

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, contract, undated, MS 300, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to Fondren by Leopold L. Meyer, in memory of Bob Hope, on September 8, 1970.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Contract undated
0 Linear Feet

Folder
1 Contract undated
3 handwritten pages tipped into bound volume