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Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (25 May 1803 – 18 January 1873) 

English writer and politician. Bulwer-Lytton’s literary works were highly popular; his novels earned him a fortune. He coined the phrases “the great unwashed”, “pursuit of the almighty dollar”, “the pen is mightier than the sword”, and “dweller on the threshold”. Then came a sharp decline in his reputation, so that he is known today for little more than the opening line “It was a dark and stormy night”, the first seven words of his novel Paul Clifford (1830). (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Frontispieces from The Works of Edward Bulwer Lytton (Lord Lytton). Volume I.-VIII. New York: P. F. Collier, n.d.

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849)

From our stacks: Illustration for ‘The Black Cat’ “I had walled the monster up within the tomb!” from Tales of Mystery and Imagination By Edgar Allan Poe. Illustrated by Harry Clarke. New York: Brentano’s, n.d.