Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) was a remarkable man.
He died on 18 January 1873 at his Torquay home Argyll Hall on Warren Road, having lived there since 1867. Built in 1849, Argyll Hall became the Roseland Hotel and is now an apartment block called Marine Palms.
Edward was a hugely successful poet, playwright, and novelist. In addition to his writing, he had an impressive political career, serving twice in Parliament, first as a Whig Radical, then a Conservative MP, and going on to the House of Lords as Baron Lytton.
His twenty-five novels are the source of a number of phrases that have become familiar, including ‘the great unwashed’ and ‘pursuit of the almighty dollar’.
A positive message that some have adopted as a tattoo, with the occasional unfortunate result…