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E. B. Lytton

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LUCRETIA 

by Edward Bulwer Lytton 

PREFACE TO THE EDITION OF 1853. 

"Lucretia; or, The Children of Night," was begun simultaneously with "The
Caxtons: a Family Picture." The two fictions were intended as pendants;
both serving, amongst other collateral aims and objects, to show the
influence of home education, of early circumstance and example, upon
after character and conduct.  "Lucretia" was completed and published
before "The Caxtons." The moral design of the first was misunderstood
and assailed; that of the last was generally acknowledged and approved:
the moral design in both was nevertheless precisely the same.  But in one
it was sought through the darker side of human nature; in the other

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