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Butler, Samuel 1835-1902

Works: 772 works in 3,546 publications in 4 languages and 68,926 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Fiction  Domestic fiction  Epic poetry, Greek  Records and correspondence  Biography  Controversial literature  Satire  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Epic poetry 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Composer
Classifications: PA4025.A5, 883.1
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Publications about Samuel Butler
Publications by Samuel Butler
Publications by Samuel Butler, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Samuel Butler
The way of all flesh : with illus. of the author, his environment and the setting of the book by Samuel Butler( Book )
440 editions published between 1867 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 10,049 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 )
221 editions published between 1872 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 3,004 libraries worldwide
Published in 1872, this scathingly satirical utopian novel follows the exploits of a young traveler who finds himself in a strange and remote country where bizarre customs are the rule. Based on Butler's experiences in New Zealand, and influenced by his reading of Darwin, Erewhon is also notable for its early depiction of machine intelligence
The Odyssey by Homer( file )
53 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in English and held by 2,070 libraries worldwide
Ten years have passed since the end of the Trojan War, and yet Odysseus, hero of the war and king of Ithaca, has yet to return home. To the kind Phaeacians, upon whose island Odysseus has been shipwrecked, he recounts his wanderings, the torments and trials of the decade past
The Iliad of Homer ; and, the Odyssey by Homer( Book )
37 editions published between 1948 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,013 libraries worldwide
Poem by Homer describing the wanderings of Odysseus after the fall of Troy as he encounters gods and monsters
The Iliad by Homer( Book )
43 editions published between 1898 and 1970 in English and French and held by 1,869 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
Iliad by Homer( file )
29 editions published between 1898 and 2012 in English and held by 1,594 libraries worldwide
An epic tale of love and betrayal, war and hope The Iliad is the first of two legendary ancient poems attributed to the Greek bard Homer. Typically dated between the 8th and 7th centuries BC it is believed by many to be the earliest extant piece of European literature. The poem deals with the exploits of Agamemnon, Odysseus, Achilles, Ajax and their comrades in the final year of their siege of the city of Troy
Erewhon revisited by Samuel Butler( file )
54 editions published between 1901 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,499 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
Erewhon and Erewhon revisited by Samuel Butler( Book )
33 editions published between 1927 and 2013 in English and held by 1,467 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
Essays on life, art, and science by Samuel Butler( file )
27 editions published between 1904 and 2011 in English and held by 1,294 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 by Samuel Butler( Book )
95 editions published between 1872 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,257 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
The Odyssey of Homer by Homer( Book )
6 editions published between 1944 and 1993 in English and Spanish and held by 1,252 libraries worldwide
A 1990 verse translation of Homer's epic Greek poem, telling of the trails and exile, return and revenge of Odysseus, featuring twelve engravings by Italian-born painter Marialuisa De Romans
The fair haven by Samuel Butler( file )
40 editions published between 1873 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,170 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
Way of all flesh by Samuel Butler( file )
in English and held by 1,160 libraries worldwide
Erewhon, o, Over the range by Samuel Butler( file )
in English and held by 1,154 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 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 )
59 editions published between 1897 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,028 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
The note-books of Samuel Butler by Samuel Butler( Book )
72 editions published between 1907 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 928 libraries worldwide
Edited by Butler's friend and posthumous biographer, Henry Festing Jones, this volume is a compendium of Butler's thoughts, insights, and reflections, gathered over the course of his lifetime. In addition to his descriptions of incidents and conversations from his life, there are Butler's fascinating musings on such subjects as philosophy, music, art, literature, morality, biology, and natural history
Erewhon; Erewhon revisited by Samuel Butler( Book )
33 editions published between 1932 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 896 libraries worldwide
Evolution, old and new ; or, the theories of Buffon, Dr. Erasmus Darwin, and Lamarck, as compared with that of Mr. Charles Darwin by Samuel Butler( Book )
80 editions published between 1879 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 673 libraries worldwide
"Of all the questions now engaging the attention of those whose destiny has commanded them to take more or less exercise of mind, I know of none more interesting than that which deals with what is called teleology--that is to say, with design or purpose, as evidenced by the different parts of animals and plants. The question may be briefly stated thus: Can we or can we not see signs in the structure of animals and plants, of something which carries with it the idea of contrivance so strongly that it is impossible for us to think of the structure, without at the same time thinking of contrivance, or design, in connection with it? It is my object in the present work to answer this question in the affirmative, and to lead my reader to agree with me, perhaps mainly, by following the history of that opinion which is now supposed to be fatal to a purposive view of animal and vegetable organs. I refer to the theory of evolution or descent with modification"--Book. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Erewhon revisited twenty years later, both by the original discoverer of the country and by his son by Samuel Butler( Book )
66 editions published between 1901 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 662 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
Life and habit by Samuel Butler( Book )
68 editions published between 1848 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 648 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
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Alternative Names
Butler, Samuel
Cellarius, 1835-1902
Owen, John Pickard.
Owen John Pickard 1835-1902
Samuel Butler
SB, 1835-1902
バトラー, サミュエル
English (1,579)
Spanish (12)
French (7)
Italian (2)
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