Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 15:57:17 -0500 From: jerry miller Subject: Re: quote source Beverly: Before Snoopy established it as a 20th century cliche, the line was the opening line of the novel "Paul Clifford" by Sir Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton (the rest of the sentence was even worse), published in 1830 and which the Bulwer-Lytton Bad Writing Contest annually commemorates. Jerry Miller Franklin (Ind.) College At 01:28 PM 1/23/98 -0500, you wrote: > Another cliche from 18th or 19th century fiction is of course "It was a > dark and stormy night"--but I've forgotten the author. Anyone? > >