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The Encyclopedist


May 16, 2022

Everyone knows Lord Bulwer-Lytton as the author of the supposed worst opening line in all of literature: "It was a dark and stormy night." But the truth is that Bulwer-Lytton wasn't a bad writer. He could often be a good one, and more importantly he was an important one. In this episode, part one of two, I discuss and defend him and his work.