The Way of All Flesh
By (author) Samuel Butler
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Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
Book DescriptionWritten between 1873 and 1884 but not published until 1903, a year after Butler's death, his marvelously uninhibited satire savages Victorian bourgeois values as personified by multiple generations of the Pontifex family. A thinly veiled account of his own upbringing in the bosom of a God-fearing Christian family, Butler's scathingly funny depiction of the self-righteous hypocrisy underlying nineteenth-century domestic life was hailed by George Bernard Shaw as "one of the summits of human achievement."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780679417187
(210mm x 133mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Everyman's Library USA
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 10-Sep-2010
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Samuel Butler
Erewhon and Erewhon Revisited, Paperback (July 2015)
In Erewhon, machines are banned, lest they evolve and take over. This 1872 proto-steampunk novel offers prescient, provocative satires of family, church, and mechanical progress. Includes the sequel, Erewhon Revisited.
Hudibras, Paperback (October 2014)
Originally published in 1905, this book contains the text of Hudibras by the satirical poet Samuel Butler (1613-80).
Way of All Flesh, Paperback (May 2012)» View all books by Samuel Butler
A Victorian middle-class family in its radical depiction of Ernest Pontifex, a young man who casts off his background and discovers himself. The awkward but likeable son of a tyrannical clergyman and a priggish mother, Ernest gleefully rejects his parents' respectability, and chooses instead to find his own way in the world.
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Author Biography - Samuel Butler
P. N. Furbank is Emeritus Professor of the Open University and author of Samuel Butler: 1835-1902. Other publications include E. M. Forster: A Life; Italo Svevo: the Man and the Writer; Unholy Pleasure: the Idea of Social Class and, most recently, Diderot: A Critical Biography.
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