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The Way of All Flesh (Penguin Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

'The Way of All Flesh' 'exploded like a bomb' in Edwardian England. Based on Samuel Butler's own life and published posthumously, it indicts Victorian bourgeois values as personified in five generations of the Pontifex family.

Synopsis:

A semi-autobiographical novel examines the complex relationships that exist in the Pontifex family as they reflect the hypocrisy of the middle-class life in Victorian England.

About the Author

Samuel Butler (1835-1902) was the son of a clergyman. He was educated at Shrewsbury and St John’s College Cambridge and, after a disagreement with his father about his choice of career, left England to become a sheep farmer in New Zealand, where he stayed until 1864. On his return to England, he took up residence in Clifford’s Inn where he stayed until his death. He began to study painting and worked at it for ten years, exhibiting occasionally at the Royal Academy. In 1872 he anonymously published Erewhon which was based on the letters he wrote to his father from New Zealand. This was followed by The Fair Haven, an attack on the Resurrection, making clear the religious skepticism which had turned Butler against a career in the church.

In the years that followed, Butler wrote several works attacking contemporary scientific ideas, in particular Darwin’s theory of natural selection. In 1881 he began to write books on art and travel, the first of these being Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino. Around this time, he was also experimenting with musical composition and collaborated with Festing Jones on the oratorio entitled Narcissus. An interest in Homer led him to write lively translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey and he formed the theory that these two works were written by a woman. Butler’s partly autobiographical work The Way of All Flesh was the result of many years’ labor and appeared posthumously in 1903.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140430127
Editor:
Hogart, Richard
Editor:
Cochrane, James
Editor:
Hogart, Richard
Author:
Hoggart, Richard
Author:
Butler, Samuel
Author:
Cochrane, James
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, Eng. ;
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
England
Subject:
British and irish
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
C-3660
Publication Date:
19660831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.76x5.16x1.11 in. .80 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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