Paul Clifford

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Paul Clifford is a novel published in 1830 by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton. It tells the life of Paul Clifford, a man who leads a dual life as both a criminal and an upscale gentleman. The book was successful upon its release. It is known for its opening phrase "It was a dark and stormy night..." although it did not coin the phrase.