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DetailsWritten between 1873 and 1884 and published posthumously in 1903, The Way of All Flesh is regarded by some as the first twentieth-century novel. Samuel Butler's autobiographical account of a harsh upbringing and troubled adulthood shines an iconoclastic light on the hypocrisy of a Victorian clerical family's domestic life. It also foreshadows the crumbling of nineteenth-century bourgeois ideals in the aftermath of the First World War, as well as the ways in which succeeding generations have questioned conventional values.Hailed by George Bernard Shaw as "one of the summits of human achievement," this chronicle of the life and loves of Ernest Pontifex spans four generations, focusing chiefly on the relationship between Ernest and his father, Theobald.Written in the wake of Darwin's Origin of Species, it reflects the dawning consciousness of heredity and environment as determinants of character. Along the way, it offers a powerfully satirical indictment of Victorian England's major institutions--the family, the church, and the rigidly hierarchical class structure.ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Samuel Butler was a British writer strongly influenced by his New Zealand experiences. He is best known for his utopian satire, Erewhon, and his posthumous novel, The Way of All Flesh, a semi-autobiographical novel which attacks Victorian era hypocrisy. Written between 1873 and 1884, it traces four generations of the Pontifex family. It represents the diminishing of religious outlooks from a Calvinistic approach, which is presented as harsh. Butler dared not publish it during his lifetime, but when it was published it was accepted as part of the general revulsion against Victorianism.
SKU Code PRK B 3359 Weight in Kg 0.0900 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9780486434667 Author Name SAMUEL BUTLER Publisher Name DOVER PUBLICATION