1830 in literature

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List of years in literature (table)

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1830.


New books[edit]

"It was a dark and stormy night"[edit]

The famous opening line of Edward Bulwer's (anonymous) novel, Paul Clifford, published this year, begins:

"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."

The author is today honored with the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

New drama[edit]







  1. ^ King, Steve (1830-02-25). "Hugo, Hernani, Hero". Today in Literature. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  2. ^ Bedell, Madelon (1980). The Alcotts: Biography of a Family. New York: Clarkson N. Potter. pp. 50–51. ISBN 0-517-54031-2. 
  3. ^ Sutherland, John (1988). "Bradbury and Evans". The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction. London. ISBN 0582490405. 
  4. ^ Palmer, Alan; Palmer, Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 256–257. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.