By Leslie Mitchell
After a prolific lifestyles as an writer with a eu popularity, outselling Dickens, Edward Bulwer Lytton used to be ennobled and, on his dying, buried in Westminster Abbey. on the grounds that global struggle I, despite the fact that, his literary attractiveness has sunk and he's now little learn. Bulwer Lytton is the 1st sleek biography of a unprecedented guy whose literary output was once prodigious. Leslie MitchellвЂ™s biography, written to mark the 2 hundredth anniversary of Bulwer LyttonвЂ™s beginning, is an account of a novel and intensely impressive Victorian.
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99 He convinced himself that his life to date had been a complete failure. Like John Ardworth in Lucretia, he had established a name for himself in the Cambridge Union, but had then squandered his talents. Melodramatically, he apologised to his mother for letting her down, and wished her joy of her other sons: For me thou never may'st behold The fate thy fancy once foresaw, THE UPBRINGING OF A PUPPY Y] When Learning prais'd - and Friends foretold The fame a Mother lov'd to draw. But thou shal'st glad thee when the voice Of Honour greets thine other sons, And I for them shall still rejoice At fame my sicklier Spirit shuns.
116 Ten years later, he was prepared to confess that the writing of Falkland in particular had been personally cathartic: 'I had confessed my sins and was absolved. 118 It is the Lucy theme, the girl by the river bank, once more. Contemporaries had no hesitation in equating the author of these books with the loosely-moralled young heroes depicted in them. Lytton thereby became an object of fascination in his own right. Salons and drawing-rooms opened their doors a little wider. But his mother was appalled: I take the opportunity this letter affords of saying how much I conceive it to be a matter of regret that you do not employ the talents with which you are gifted to a more noble and useful purpose than devoting them to such writing.
Responding to the need, spouses are moulded to a preconceived pattern. Inevitably, expectations are never realised, and the result is misery. This rather Proustian theme is set out in Devereux. Nature places us alone in this inhospitable world, and no heart is cast in a similar mould to that which we bear written in us. We pine for sympathy, we make to ourselves a creation of ideal beauties, in which we expect to find it - but the creation has no reality - it is the mind's phantasma which the mind adores and it is because the phantasma can have no actual being that the mind despairs.