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Samuel Butler

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Samuel Butler, the freethinking Victorian whom George Bernard Shaw deemed 'the greatest English writer of the latter half of the nineteenth century,' was born on December 4, 1835, at Langar Rectory near Bingham, Nottinghamshire. The son of an Anglican clergyman, he was educated at Shrewsbury School, where his grandfather and namesake had been headmaster. In 1858 Butler earned a degree in classics from St. John's College, Cambridge, but after a crisis of faith he refused ordination in the ministry. Following a bitter quarrel with his father over the choice of a career, he immigrated to New Zealand and soon prospered as... Read More

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The Way of All Flesh

Written by Samuel Butler


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 14, 1998
Price: $12.95

Written 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... Read more >
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The Way of All Flesh

Written by Samuel Butler


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 11, 1993
Price: $19.00

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The Way of All Flesh
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Samuel Butler


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $2.99

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