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By: Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

Erewhon by Samuel Butler Erewhon

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 by Samuel Butler 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.

Book cover The Atlas of Ancient and Classical Geography
Book cover Unconscious Memory
Book cover The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
Book cover A First Year in Canterbury Settlement
Book cover God the Known and God the Unknown
Book cover Essays on Life, Art and Science
Book cover Erewhon Revisited
Book cover Life and Habit
Book cover Hudibras
Book cover Evolution, Old & New Or, the Theories of Buffon, Dr. Erasmus Darwin and Lamarck, as compared with that of Charles Darwin
Book cover Cambridge Pieces
Book cover Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino
Book cover The Fair Haven
Book cover Canterbury Pieces
Book cover Luck or Cunning?
Book cover Ex Voto
Book cover Selections from Previous Works and Remarks on Romanes' Mental Evolution in Animals
Book cover The Humour of Homer and Other Essays

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