Posts Tagged ‘Bulwer-Lytton’

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What am I writing?

January 11, 2016

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The Newbery, the Caldecott, the King awards have all been announced for this year, but what about the Bulwer-Lytton Award?  This award, created in 1982 by San Jose University, recognizes the world’s worst sentence.  This award was inspired by Victorian author Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, who penned the infamous, “it was a dark and stormy night.”   In full:

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.” — Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)

More information including writing contest rules, winners, more wretched writing, and a quiz I particularly liked where you have to determine if a passage was written by Dickens or Bulwer-Lytton, can be found at Bulwer-Lytton website.