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Butler, Samuel 1835-1902

Works: 792 works in 4,134 publications in 14 languages and 72,835 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Fiction  Domestic fiction  Epic poetry, Greek  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Study guides  Satire  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Controversial literature 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Composer
Classifications: PA4025.A2, 883.1
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Way of all flesh by Samuel Butler( Book )

669 editions published between 1867 and 2013 in 11 languages and held by 12,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Satire leveled chiefly at certain methods of bring up children and false ideas of respectability
Erewhon, or, Over the range by Samuel Butler( Book )

327 editions published between 1872 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 3,750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First modern utopian romance
The Odyssey of Homer by Homer( Book )

16 editions published between 1936 and 1996 in English and Spanish and held by 2,650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A complete translation of the Greek poem recounting the experience of Odysseus during his return from the Trojan War
The Iliad by Homer( )

29 editions published between 1898 and 2012 in English and held by 2,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homer's classical account of the war between the Greeks and the Trojans from Agamemnon's visit by the priest Chryses to the burial of Hektor
The Iliad of Homer ; and, the Odyssey by Homer( Book )

42 editions published between 1948 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,013 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Odyssey, Homer's best-loved poem, recounting Odysseus' wonderings after the Trojan War. With wit and wile, the "man of twists and turns" meets the challenges of gods and monsters, only to return after twenty years to a home besieged by his wife's suitors
The Iliad by Homer( Book )

21 editions published between 1925 and 1970 in English and held by 1,630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stirring story of the Trojan war and the rage of Achilles. A timeless, powerful poem conveys the horror and the heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as the tale moves to its terrifying, tragic conclusion
Erewhon revisited by Samuel Butler( )

61 editions published between 1901 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Erewhon, set in a thinly disguised New Zealand, ended with the escape of its protagonist from the native Erewhonians by balloon. In the sequel, narrated by his son John. Higgs returns to Erewhon and meets his former lover Yram, who is now the mother of his son George. He discovers that he is now worshipped as ""the Sunchild."" He finds himself in danger from the villainous Professors Hanky and Panky, who are determined to protect Sunchildism from him. With George's help Higgs escapes from their clutches and returns to England
Essays on life, art, and science by Samuel Butler( )

32 editions published between 1904 and 2012 in English and held by 1,489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published posthumously in 1904, this collection of essays, taken largely from Butler's work published in The Universal Review in 1890, covers a wide range of subject matter reflective of Butler's diverse interests. Included among the essays are Ramblings in Cheapside," Thought and Language," and The Deadlock in Darwinism," which is a summary of Butler's views attacking Darwinism
Erewhon and Erewhon revisited by Samuel Butler( Book )

28 editions published between 1927 and 2015 in English and held by 1,452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 'Erewhon', Higgs, a young Englishman, wanders into a long-isolated utopia : In 'Erewhon revisited', Higgs's now-grown son sets out to visit Erewhon himself
Erewhon by Samuel Butler( Book )

149 editions published between 1872 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902) was a Victorian novelist who wrote in many genres. The Way of All Flesh and Erewhon are his most famous novels. Besides fiction Butler also wrote on evolution, Christian orthodoxy, Italian art, literary history and translated the Illiad and The Odyssey. Erewhon is a utopian satire of Victorian England published in 1872. The title is the name of a fictional country and it is also the word nowhere spelled backwards. The beginning of the book deals with the discovery of Erewhon, which is based on Butlers time in New Zealand where he worked on a sheep ranch for four years. The novel satirizes religion, anthropocentrism, and criminal punishment
Erewhon, o, Over the range by Samuel Butler( )

in English and held by 1,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the strange country of Erewhon, sick people are imprisoned while criminals are treated for sickness. Machines are are considered too dangerous to use. This subtle satire of Victorian society is still as thought-provoking and entertaining as when it was first
The fair haven by Samuel Butler( )

38 editions published between 1873 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although educated and trained for a career in the clergy, Samuel Butler began to harbor serious doubts about his vocation and Christian morals in general at an early age. Although he addressed these issues in earnest debate with his colleagues and family members, Butler's confusion only worsened over time. He began to explore his concerns about Victorian-era hypocrisy in writing, penning a series of philosophically minded novels and social satires, The Fair Haven among them
Notebooks by Samuel Butler( Book )

137 editions published between 1907 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

British author Samuel Butler is today best remembered for his utopian novel Erewhon. However, Butler had a voracious intellect and wide-ranging interests that were not always reflected in his fiction. This volume reproduces some of the eclectic entries Butler made in his personal journals over a series of years
The authoress of the Odyssey, where and when she wrote, who she was, the use she made of the Iliad, & how the poem grew under her hands by Samuel Butler( Book )

69 editions published between 1897 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,050 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this heterodox but serious study of the Odyssey ... Butler argues that the epic was not only written more than two centuries later than the Iliad, but that the author was a woman, a young Sicilian lady of Trapani"--Back cover
Erewhon; Erewhon revisited by Samuel Butler( Book )

73 editions published between 1927 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life and habit by Samuel Butler( Book )

85 editions published between 1848 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published in 1878, this is the first book in which Butler attacks Darwinism, and sets out an alternative, neo-Lamarckian theory which explores the role of memory in shaping organisms. Butler initially wrote the book as a tribute and complement to Darwin's theory. Darwin chose to ignore the attack, but Butler continued to challenge the scientific establishment with three additional books
Erewhon revisited twenty years later, both by the original discoverer of the country and by his son by Samuel Butler( Book )

71 editions published between 1901 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Erewhon, Butler's hero Higgs had escaped from Erewhon by means of a balloon. In this 1901 sequel, he returns to find that he is now worshipped as a god. Butler himself viewed the novel as being far more wicked than Erewhon , and generations of delighted readers have agreed
A first year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler( Book )

53 editions published between 1863 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Butler's first book, published in 1863, is a lively compilation of letters that he sent to his family while working as a sheep farmer in New Zealand for several years. Financed and edited into book form by Butler's father, it is a spirited account of Butler's experiences on the frontier. This volume also includes nineteen early essays on such varied topics as Darwin's Origins of Species. The Tempest, English cricketeers, the Italian presthood, and translating Herodotus
Alps and sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino : (Op. 6) by Samuel Butler( Book )

93 editions published between 1881 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published in 1881, this delightful and insightful travelogue takes readers off the beaten track and into the high, remote places of the Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, where forgotten masterpieces of sacred art and architecture await discovery
Unconscious memory by Samuel Butler( Book )

55 editions published between 1880 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The only thing of which I am sure is, that the distinction between the organic and inorganic is arbitrary." So writes Samuel Butler is his work of biological philosophy, Unconscious memory, where he presents his theories of the mind through the lens of his criticism of established scientific ideas
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The Iliad
Alternative Names
Butler, Samuel

Butler , Samuele <1835-1902>


Cellarius 1835-1902

Owen, John Pickard.

Owen John Pickard 1835-1902

Samuel Butler

SB, 1835-1902

באטלר, סמיואל

バトラー, サミュエル

English (2,065)

French (85)

Italian (19)

Spanish (17)

Japanese (10)

German (6)

Esperanto (6)

Swedish (5)

Chinese (3)

Dutch (2)

Romanian (1)

Polish (1)

Hindi (1)

Finnish (1)

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