EDWARD BULWER LYTTON (1803-1873) and Mary Elizabeth
Braddon was first introduced to the works of Edward Bulwer Lytton at the age of 8, when her mother's cook, Sarah Hobbs, gave her an abridged copy of The Last Days of Pompeii. Thereafter he was one of her favourite writers and her admiration was close to hero worship after she met him as a young actress in 1854. She later said, 'He undertook to correct and criticise my first story [...and] he was the first author of note to give me any real encouragement.'
Lady Audley's Secret was dedicated to Bulwer Lytton and until his death they wrote to each other regularly, with Braddon casting Bulwer in the role of literary mentor.
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