from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Bulwer-Lytton, Edward George Earle Lytton. First Baron Lytton. 1803-1873. British writer best known for his popular historical novels, especially The Last Days of Pompeii (1834), and for his convoluted prose style.

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  • n. English writer of historical romances (1803-1873)


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