- It was a dark and stormy night... 2005 Bulwer-Lytton winners.
- The meaning and origin of the expression: It was a dark and stormy night
It was a dark and stormy night... 2005 Bulwer-Lytton winners.
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The first 'dark and stormy night' was conjured up by the English Victorian novelist, playwright and politician who rejoiced in the name of Sir Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton. It has become synonymous with the Victorian melodramatic style, of which Bulwer-Lytton's many works provide numerous examples. This style has long been out of fashion and considered kitsch and risible. Contestants are required "to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels". Bulwer-Lytton's own florid pre-contest attempt, in his novel Paul Clifford , , began:. The phrase has been used frequently as a comic device by Charles M. Schulz in the popular comic strip Peanuts.
But do you know the real author of that famous line, and why he has a literary competition named after him? Host: Gary Price. Rice says that during the 19 th century, Bulwer-Lytton was quite a busy man, and a prolific writer…. He was ahead of his time in some respects. He wrote crime novels, he wrote science fiction, novels about mysticism. He had a busy, active life.
The meaning and origin of the expression: It was a dark and stormy night
For many writers, winning an award will be the crowning moment of their career: much needed proof that all the sleepless nights, hours of hard-work and effort spent editing and re-editing the same sentence was worth it. But not all literary awards are as prestigious as these and, indeed, rather than celebrate beautiful works of fiction, some awards do the unthinkable and applaud bad writing.