[EAS] Bulwer-Lytton Contest

Peter J. Kindlmann peter.kindlmann at yale.edu
Fri May 25 16:03:11 EDT 2012

Dear Friends & Colleagues -

I've commented on this contest once before in 2006 
<http://mailman.yale.edu/pipermail/eas-info/2006/000661.html>, when 
this list was still more active. To remind you, contestants are 
invited to submit really bad opening sentences to
imaginary novels.

Since today is Bulwer-Lytton's birthday (in 1803)** and since we can 
all use a little cheer, here is a winner from the most recent edition 
of the contest

"As his small boat scudded before a brisk breeze under a sapphire sky 
dappled with cerulean clouds with indigo bases, through cobalt seas 
that deepened to navy nearer the boat and faded to azure at the 
horizon, Ian was at a loss as to why he felt blue."


** brought to my attention by today's issue of "Today in Literature" 
<http://www.todayinliterature.com/>, a laudable "daily calendar of 
engaging stories about literary history," written by Steve King in 
St. Johns, Newfoundland. My gift subscription came from a good 
friend. In turn you might consider it as a potential gift.

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