He was Edward George Earle Bulwe-Lytton, first Baron Lytton who was born on May 25, 1803. Although his works were admired by Charles Dickens and were popular in his time, they are not often read today.
Four of his most famous books are entitled The Last Days of Pompeii, Rienzi, The Last of the Roman Tribunes, The Last of the Barons and Harold, The Last of the Saxon Kings.
Renowned as a wit and a dandy, Lytton was twice a member of Parliament and was also acclaimed as a playwright and poet of some considered ability. He died January 18, 1873, and was buried in Westminster Abbey.