The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler (Complete Full Version)

The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler (Complete Full Version)

by Samuel Butler

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A semi-autobiographical novel that attacks Victorian era hypocrisy as it traces four generations of the Pontifex family. Butler dared not publish it during his lifetime, but when it was published, it was accepted as part of the general revulsion against Victorianism.

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BN ID: 2940014095013
Publisher: Maran State Books
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 595 KB

About the Author

Samuel Butler (December 4, 1835 - June 18, 1902) was a British
writer strongly influenced by his New Zealand experiences. He is
best known for his utopian satire Erewhon and his posthumous novel
The Way of All Flesh. Early life He was born in Langar Rectory,
near Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England, into a long line of
clerics, preordained as it were to a career in church in his
father's wish and expectation. His father was the Rev. Thomas
Butler, Rector of Langar and his mother Fanny (née Worsley). He
went to Shrewsbury School, where his grandfather, also called
Samuel, former Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, had been
headmaster before retiring. He then went up to his father's alma
mater, St John's College, Cambridge, in 1854, taking a First in
Classics in 1858. The graduate society of St. John's is named the
Samuel Butler Room (SBR) in his honour. Career Following graduation
from Cambridge, he lived in a low-income parish in London during
1858 and 1859 as preparation for his ordination to the Anglican
clergy; there he discovered that baptism made no apparent
difference to the morals and behaviour of his peers and began
questioning his faith. This experience would later serve as
inspiration for his work The Fair Haven. Correspondence with his
father about the issue failed to set his mind at peace, inciting
instead his father's wrath. As a result, in September 1859 he
emigrated to New Zealand, regarded as a British colony since a
fairly legal Treaty of Waitangi between the British Crown and many
New Zealand Maori chiefs in 1840 enabled the commercial
exploitation of that country. Butler went there like many early
British settlers of privileged origins, in order to put as much
distance as possible between himself and his family. He wrote about
his arrival and his life as a sheep farmer on Mesopotamia Station
in A First Year in Canterbury Settlement (1863), and made a
handsome profit when he sold his farm, but the chief achievement of
his time in New Zealand was the drafts and source material for much
of his masterpiece Erewhon. He returned to England in 1864,
settling in rooms in Clifford's Inn (near Fleet Street), where he
lived for the rest of his life. In 1872, the utopian novel Erewhon
appeared anonymously, causing some speculation as to the identity
of the author.

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