Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton born 8 November 1831 died 24 November 1891 was an British diplomat and poet. He was educated at Harrow School and at the University of Bonn. When he was eighteen , he went to the United States as private secretary of his uncle, Sir Henry Bulwer, who was the Biritish Minister at Washington, DC. When twenty-five years old, he published in London a volume of poems under the name of Owen Meredith. He went on to publish several other volumes under the same name. He was later s Minister to Portugal and France. From 1876 to 1880 he was Viceroy and Governor-General of India.