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Last Days of Pompeii, The

Edited by Dinah Birch

in The Oxford Companion to English Literature

Seventh edition

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780192806871
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191735066
Last Days of Pompeii, The

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A historical novel by Edward Bulwer‐ *Lytton, published in 1834. It describes the events leading up to the destruction of the Roman city of Pompeii by the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The decadence of Roman culture is contrasted with early Christianity, and with the values of Greek and Egyptian civilization. Vivid and dramatic, the novel was widely read throughout the 19th century, and was subsequently adapted for the screen several times, most recently in a serialized version for television in ...

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Subjects: Literary Studies (British and Irish)

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