By: Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
Erewhon, or Over the Range is a novel by Samuel Butler, published anonymously in 1872. The title is also the name of a country, supposedly discovered by the protagonist. In the novel, it is not revealed in which part of the world Erewhon is, but it is clear that it is a fictional country. Butler meant the title to be read as the word Nowhere backwards, even though the letters “h” and “w” are transposed. It is likely that he did this to protect himself from accusations of being unpatriotic, although Erewhon is obviously a satire of Victorian society.
The Way of All Flesh
The Way of All Flesh (1903) is a semi-autobiographical novel by Samuel Butler which attacks Victorian-era hypocrisy. Written between 1873 and 1884, it traces four generations of the Pontifex family. It represents the diminishment of religious outlook from a Calvinistic approach, which is presented as harsh. Butler dared not publish it during his lifetime, but when it was published it was accepted as part of the general revulsion against Victorianism.
|The Atlas of Ancient and Classical Geography|
|The Note-Books of Samuel Butler|
|A First Year in Canterbury Settlement|
|God the Known and God the Unknown|
|Essays on Life, Art and Science|
|Life and Habit|
|Evolution, Old & New Or, the Theories of Buffon, Dr. Erasmus Darwin and Lamarck, as compared with that of Charles Darwin|
|Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino|
|The Fair Haven|
|Luck or Cunning?|
|Selections from Previous Works and Remarks on Romanes' Mental Evolution in Animals|
|The Humour of Homer and Other Essays|