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Samuel Butler (1) [1835–1902]

This page covers the author of The Way of All Flesh.

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The son of a clergyman and grandson of an Anglican bishop, Samuel Butler seemed destined for a life in the church. After graduating from Cambridge, however, he spent some time in New Zealand as a sheep-rancher. When he returned to England, he settled down as a journalist and writer. He engaged in many controversies over Darwinism. Butler is best known by two satirical novels, Erewhon (1872) and The Way of All Flesh (1903). Erewhon, an anagram for "nowhere," attacked contemporary attitudes in science, religion, and social mores. The Way of All Flesh was a study of the Pontifex family in a surprisingly modern tone. Erewhon Revisited (1901) continues his attack on religion. Another work, The Fair Haven (1873), is another subtle attack on religion, presented in the guise of a defense of the Gospels, though it actually undermines them. The Family Letters is a selection from the correspondence of Butler and his father, with several letters to and from his mother and sisters and one or two other relatives. Those between Butler and his father show how close the early part of The Way of All Flesh was to the events in the son's life. A brilliant, versatile writer, Butler was one of the most searching critics of his time. Butler died in 1902. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Way of All Flesh 3,291 copies, 37 reviews
Erewhon 1,950 copies, 33 reviews
Erewhon and Erewhon Revisited 210 copies, 1 review
The Notebooks of Samuel Butler 100 copies, 1 review
Erewhon Revisited 87 copies, 1 review
The Authoress of the Odyssey 40 copies, 1 review
The Fair Haven 21 copies
Life and Habit 21 copies, 1 review
Ex Voto 16 copies
Selected essays 10 copies
Butleriana 4 copies
Ainsi va toute chair I 2 copies, 1 review
The Portable Victorian Reader (Contributor) 169 copies
The Utopia Reader (Contributor) 98 copies, 1 review
Strange Lands: Short Stories (Contributor) 14 copies
We, Robots (Contributor) 13 copies

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