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EDWARD GEORGE BULWER-LYTTON | CONFUSION | EDWARD ROBERT BULWER-LYTTON | ROSICRUSIANS
[Baron Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton]
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton was a freemason 1 and a student of Rosicrucianism 2. His involuntary appointment as Grand Patron of the Metropolitan College though, does not justify labeling him a "grand patron in the Rosicrucian Brotherhood." 3 The Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia is a masonic study group. It was never a Rosicrucian Order. Although its founder claimed a lineage to the "Rosicrucians," this has never been substantiated.4 Certainly the current claiments to the Rosicrucian mantle, AMORC, deny the SRIA any such standing.5 He could not have been a member of William Westcott’s Golden Dawn since he died 15 years before it was founded.
Bulwer-Lytton wrote extensively on Rosicrucian themes in his fiction. In 1838 he published a version of a dream in a novella called Zicci in William Harrison Ainsworth’s magazine, the Monthly Chronicle. This fragment was later expanded as Books 2 and 3 of his 1842 novel, Zanoni. Other stories of the occult and paranormal were to follow.
Those interested in researching Bulwer-Lytton’s studies of the occult are directed to Victor Alexander Lytton’s The Life of Edward Bulwer, First Lord Lytton, by His Grandson, 2 vols,. London: 1913.
There is no record of Edward George’s son, Edward Robert’s involvment in either Freemasonry or Rosicrucianism.

Cover art from Zanoni, Naar het Engelsch van Bulwer Lytton, Door Chr. J. Schuver. Tweede Druk. 1924, Atheosofische Uitgeverszaak ,,Gnosis". Celebesstraat 65 — Amsterdam. hc 382pp.

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