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Honoring the Very Best of the Worst in Fiction

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Honoring the Very Best of the Worst in Fiction

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Honoring the Very Best of the Worst in Fiction

Honoring the Very Best of the Worst in Fiction

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San Jose State University professor Scott Rice talks to Liane Hansen about the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, which collects the very best of the worst opening lines in fiction.

Bulwer-Lytton is most famous for his notorious opening line, "It was a dark and stormy night." The "winners" of the contest have been collected in a series of books titled It Was a Dark and Stormy Night.