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Owen Meredith
Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton GCB GCSI GCIE PC (8 November 183124 November 1891) was an English statesman, serving as Viceroy of India; and poet, under the pen name of Owen Meredith. He was a son of novelists Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton and Rosina Doyle Wheeler. He was educated at Harrow School and at the University of Bonn. When eighteen years old, he went to the United States as private secretary of his uncle, Sir Henry Bulwer, who was Minister at Washington, DC. When twenty-five years old, he published in London a volume of poems under the name of Owen Meredith. He went on to publish several other volumes under the same name. The most popular one is "Lucile", a story in verse. He was later secretary at different courts in Europe and Minister to Portugal and France. From 1876 to 1880 he was Viceroy and Governor-General of India. Lytton's tenure as Viceroy coincided with one of the worst recorded famines, and his uncompromising implementation of British Colonial Policy was a factor in its severity.

lucile: part 1, canto 2
We may live without poetry, music and art;
We may live without conscience and live without hear... [read poem]
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