The book includes novels "Ernest Maltravers" and "Falkland".
"Ernest Maltravers" starts out with a bang as Ernest Maltravers, on a walking tour, becomes lost in the dark and arrives at a peasant's cottage. The surly cottage occupant isn't very helpful, even after he is offered money for directions. That is, until he sees Maltravers' nice watch. Our lost hero is then invited to eat and spend the night. Mine host is planning to murder the traveler as he sleeps to obtain the watch and money, then hide the body. The events of this night change Maltravers' life forever.
"Falkland" is the earliest of Lord Lytton's prose fictions. "Falkland", although the earliest, is one of the most carefully finished of its author's compositions. All that was once turbid, heating, unwholesome in the current of sentiment which flows through this history of a guilty passion, "Death's immortalising winter" has chilled and purified.
The book includes novels "Ernest Maltravers" and "Falkland".
The Last Days of Pompeii is a novel written by the baron Edward Bulwer Lytton in 1834. The novel was inspired by the painting The Last Day of Pompeii by the Russian painter Karl Briullov, which Bulwer Lytton had seen in Milan. It culminates in the cataclysmic destruction of the city of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
The novel uses its characters to contrast the decadent culture of 1st-century Rome with both older cultures and coming trends. The protagonist, Glaucus, represents the Greeks who have been subordinated by Rome, and his nemesis Arbaces the still older culture of Egypt. Olinthus is the chief representative of the nascent Christian religion, which is presented favourably but not uncritically. The Witch of Vesuvius, though she has no supernatural powers, shows Bulwer-Lytton's interest in the occult – a theme which would emerge in his later writing.
The Haunted and the Haunters - a short story about a rationalist Victorian who visits a haunted house in order to explain the nature of its ghostly inhabitants.
В третий том Собрания сочинений Эдуарда Бульвер-Литтона вошли роман «Последние дни Помпей» и рассказ «Привидения и жертвы».
79 год н. э. Прекрасен и велик был римский город Помпеи. Его строили для радости, отдыха и любви. По легенде, город основал сам Геракл, чтобы праздновать у подножия Везувия свои многочисленные победы. Именно здесь молодой афинянин Главк обрел наконец свое счастье, встретив женщину, которую так долго искал.
Но в тени взмывающих к небесам колонн и триумфальных арок таилась опасность. Арбак, потомок древних фараонов и верховный жрец культа Иcиды, ослеплен жгучей ревностью и жаждет мести. Под влиянием звезд, пророчащих ему некое страшное несчастье, египтянин решает уничтожить все, что было дорого его сердцу. Понимая, что времени остается мало, он приходит к мысли: если уж умирать, так, по крайней мере, взяв от жизни все.
The novel "Godolphin" opens with a dying man named John Vernon is relaying his dying wishes to his daughter, Constance. John Vernon is an ex-politician who was betrayed by the Whigs, thus losing his fortune. Just before he dies he makes the thirteen-year-old daughter, Constance, swear an oath to marry a high-class powerful man in order to seek revenge on his old political party. After her father’s death Constance moves in with a wealthy distant relative, Lady Erpingham.
The basis of the novel "Eugene Aram" is the real story that shook in his time many. In 1759, was convicted of murder and executed a school teacher Eugene Eras, known as a man of exceptional abilities. Aram’s story particularly interested Bulwer due to the fact that this unusual killer was at one time a tutor in the house of his grandfather and really befriended him.
Eugene Aram, a brilliant but reclusive scholar, lives in obscurity, devoting his life to arcane research. But he is gradually coaxed from his solitary lifestyle by his kindly old neighbour, Rowland Lester, and as Aram's visits to Lester become more frequent, he becomes more and more enamoured of beautiful Madeline Lester. And yet, despite the young lovers' apparent happiness, Aram seems to be hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, Madeline's cousin Walter sets out to learn the fate of his long-lost father. His quest will lead to the discovery of a long-hidden and horrible crime and the trial of Eugene Aram for murder!
Paul Clifford is a novel published in 1830 by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton. It tells the life of Paul Clifford, a man who leads a dual life as both a criminal and an upscale gentleman. The book was successful upon its release. It is the source of the famous opening phrase "It was a dark and stormy night;..."
Paul Clifford tells the story of a chivalrous highwayman in the time of the French Revolution. Brought up not knowing his origins and living an evil life, Clifford is arrested for theft. The love of his life is Lucy Brandon. Brought before her uncle, Judge Brandon, for the robbery, it is unexpectedly revealed that Clifford is Brandon's son.
That revelation complicates the trial, but Judge Brandon tries Clifford and condemns him to death. Clifford escapes from jail. With his lover and cousin, Lucy, he makes his way to America.
Devereux is a tale in the form of an autobiography. The hero, who, by his dash and effrontery reminds us of "Pelham", moves through the sunshine and shadows of life with confident, unfaltering steps, hobnobs with heroes, statesmen, wits, and philosophers, basks in the smiles of kings, becomes by turns wit, soldier, diplomatist, and bon vivant, and closes his story at the age of thirty-four with a glorification of experience as the one thing best fitted "to soften the heart of man, and to elevate the soul to God. ” Among the other characters introduced, the most interesting are his two brothers, Aubrey and Gerald; his garrulous, but genial, kindly old uncle, Sir William Devereux, who was twenty years out of fashion in his dress, and told the wittiest stories in the world, omitting nothing but the point; Montreuil, a French Jesuit priest, — a vivid personification of the individual merged in the system; and Isora, a lovely Spanish maiden, whom Devereux marries, — a beautiful creation, worthy of the author's genius.
Bulwer Lytton wrote about this piece in dedication:
I dedicate to you that work, completed and published, some part of which, when in manuscript, and but rudely sketched, you flattered me by approving. In it there are many faults, which I myself lament; there are many others which, in escaping my observation, will meet your own : but the eastern proverb tells us, that a bad cause is safer than a good; for in the latter we trust to justice, in the former we bribe the judge. And, in presenting to you these volumes, I know well that Criticism, however austere, is but a corrupt arbiter when tempted by Affection. Of all writings, perhaps a dedication is the dullest: let me in some measure redeem the dulness of this by the sanctity of good wishes. An ancient name, and an inheritance that places you amidst that great landed aristocracy which exerts over the interests of this country so influential a sway, offer to your ambition a ready opening and an honourable career. May it not be long before the hostages you have given us in private life shall be redeemed in public, and the talents, which are now only ornaments to yourself, be ripened into utility to the world. In that hope how many are included! and in wishing your path to tend to the happiness of others, have I not wished you, not only the noblest, but the shortest road to your own ?
In the latest novel by English writer E. Bulwer Lytton 'Kenelm Chillingly' combines romanticism and critical realism.
This is the story of a young man of mid-nineteenth century: a thinking, noble, conscious of his powerlessness and mentally jerseyshore. Gorky saw in the hero of this novel of a man in the highest degree symptomatic of the era.
«Кенелм Чиллингли, его приключения и взгляды на жизнь» — последнее законченное произведение Бульвера. Он дописал ее 1 января 1873 года — немногим более чем за две недели до того, как воспаление уха, перебросившееся на мозг, свело его в могилу.
«Кенелм Чиллингли» во многом — итоговый роман Бульвер-Литтона. Нельзя, конечно, сказать, что в нем соединились все направления творчества писателя. В нем нет ничего от фантастического или от «ньюгетского» романа, но все равно присутствуют черты, роднящие его даже с ними. Бульвер иногда называл себя писателем «метафизическим», стремящимся к философскому обобщению, а то и просто к отвлеченным рассуждениям, по возможности включенным в художественную ткань повествования. В «Кенелме Чиллингли» тоже немало общих рассуждений, споров о литературе и жизни. Роман представляет собой очень сложный симбиоз стернианского романа, романа большой дороги, лучшие образцы которого Бульвер нашел в «Джозефе Эндрусе» и «Истории Тома Джонса, найденыша» Филдинга, «Жиль Блазе» Лесажа и романах Смоллета, романа воспитания и, наконец, романтической повести.
В целом же, прочитав «Кенелма Чиллингли», нетрудно получить общее представление о творчестве Бульвера-романиста.