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Edward Bulwer- LYTTON, 1st Baron Lytton
9 Royal Crescent
Lord Bulwer-Lytton, the nineteenth-century novelist and dramatist, stayed at Bath on several occasions during his later life. He was at 9 Royal Crescent in 1866, the year in which he was created a peer; his celebrated novel, The Last Days of Pompeii, had been published thirty years previously. The following year, 1867, he transferred his allegiance to 2 Great Pulteney Street, which was then Stead's Hotel; there is a bronze tablet on the wall commemorating his visits. He returned to Stead's often during the few years preceding his death, and wrote his last novel, The Parisians, there.
In addition to his considerable literary output, Lytton served as a member of parliament for fifteen years, and was colonial secretary in 1858-59. His historical novels, although inclined to be rather heavy, found a wide public in Victorian England. He was friendly with Dickens, who assisted in the production of his play, Not So Bad As We Seem, when it was staged at the Assembly Rooms in Bath.