Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton of Knebworth, (1803-73) was born in London, England, educated at Cambridge, and figured prominently in British and European social circles about which he wrote his first novel "Pelham" in 1828. He was a member of Parliament and was make baron in 1966. He is said to have been intitiated into magic by Francis Barrett. He is best remembered for his historical novels "Last Days of Pompeii" (1834) and "Rienzi" (1835) and his plays "The Lady of Lyons" (1838) and "Richelieu" (1839). As a writer and student of the occult, he is often linked to Eliphas Levi whom he entertained in London. His "The Haunter and the Haunted" was a portrait of the achetypal mage: 'If you could fancy some mighty serpent transformed into a man, preserving in the human lineaments the old serpent type, you would have a better idea; the width and flatness of the deadly jaw--the long, large, terrible eye, glittering and green as the emerald--and withal a certain ruthless calm, as if from the consciousness of immense power.' Other supernatural works include "A Strange Story," "Zanoni," and "The Coming Race."
Also by Bulwer-Lytton:The Last Days of Pompeii, (1834) Reveals the famous last days of Pompeii in great detail. Interesting reading both for the mystic and the scholar.[The Whisperer in Darkness - H.P.L.]
Alice or the Mysteries (1877) This is another outstanding occult, Rosicrucian, novel that emphasizes one of Lytton's famous esoteric principles-vibration!
A Strange Story, Rosicrucian fiction about love, life, and occult powers.