Stephen Fry – Fry’s English Delight, Radio 4. 18th August 2015
Stephen’s regular radio programme explores and delights in the use of the English language. Tuesday’s episode was about the weather in literature, particularly as part of an opening line. As an example, Stephen mentioned Bulwer Lytton’s famous opening line – ‘It was a dark and stormy night …’
Visitors to the House can see a display about Bulwer and his work, together with a selection of the diverse products and publications featuring ‘Dark and Stormy Night’. Amongst the fascinating items, we have some of the cartoon books referred to in the programme featuring the Snoopy character – Snoopy is often pictured contemplating ‘ a dark and stormy night’ from the roof of his kennel.
Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels. To read more about Professor Scott Rice and The Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest, and maybe enter, see their website: www.bulwer-lytton.com
To listen to Stephen’s programme again see: Listen again