Way of All Flesh

ISBN-10: 0486434664
ISBN-13: 9780486434667
Edition: 2004
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Description: Hailed by George Bernard Shaw as “one of the summits of human achievement,” The Way of All Flesh is regarded by some as the first 20th-century novel. Samuel Butler’s autobiographical account of a harsh upbringing and troubled adulthood satirizes  More...

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List price: $5.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Hailed by George Bernard Shaw as “one of the summits of human achievement,” The Way of All Flesh is regarded by some as the first 20th-century novel. Samuel Butler’s autobiographical account of a harsh upbringing and troubled adulthood satirizes Victorian hypocrisy in its chronicle of the life and loves of Ernest Pontifex. Along the way, it offers a powerful indictment of 19th-century England’s major institutions—the family, the church, and the class structure. Unabridged republication of the classic 1903 edition.

Midas Dekkers was born in 1946 in Harlem, the Netherlands and is his country's most popular writer-biologist.

The son of a clergyman and grandson of an Anglican bishop, Samuel Butler seemed destined for a life in the church. After graduating from Cambridge, however, he spent some time in New Zealand as a sheep-rancher. When he returned to England, he settled down as a journalist and writer. He engaged in many controversies over Darwinism. Butler is best known by two satirical novels, Erewhon (1872) and The Way of All Flesh (1903). Erewhon, an anagram for "nowhere," attacked contemporary attitudes in science, religion, and social mores. The Way of All Flesh was a study of the Pontifex family in a surprisingly modern tone. Erewhon Revisited (1901) continues his attack on religion. Another work, The Fair Haven (1873), is another subtle attack on religion, presented in the guise of a defense of the Gospels, though it actually undermines them. The Family Letters is a selection from the correspondence of Butler and his father, with several letters to and from his mother and sisters and one or two other relatives. Those between Butler and his father show how close the early part of The Way of All Flesh was to the events in the son's life. A brilliant, versatile writer, Butler was one of the most searching critics of his time. Butler died in 1902.

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