Friday, June 13, 2008

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

It was a dark and stormy night . . .
Baron Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873.) A man as long winded as his name would imply. This, my friends, is the face that launched a thousand bad first-sentences, and inspired such luminaries as Snoopy the Dog.
As a prolific Victorian writer (is there another kind?) he wrote some of the worst prose you can imagine. He wrote things that would have sent even Dickens screaming from the room, calling for edits. He also coined those wonderful clichés: "The pen is mightier than the sword," and "the great unwashed".
Expect practice entries to next year's Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest to appear here regularly. Help me decide on the best of the worst.
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