Credit to Barry Popik

Shapiro, Fred Fred.Shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Jan 16 20:47:46 UTC 2008

In the latest issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine my regular column on quotations discusses, among several other quotations, "it was a dark and stormy night."  I credit Barry Popik there for the discovery that this phrase was used as an opening line of stories before Bulwer-Lytton's 1830 usage that is usually said to be the origin.

Fred Shapiro

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