Samuel Butler

1835 - 1902

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Samuel Butler (4 December 1835 – 18 June 1902) was an English novelist and critic, best known for the satirical utopian novel Erewhon (1872) and the semi-autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh (published posthumously in 1903 with substantial revisions and published in its original form in 1964 as Ernest Pontifex or The Way of All Flesh). Both novels have remained in print since their initial publication. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samuel Butler has received more than 52,628 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Samuel Butler is the 584th most popular writer (up from 591st in 2019), the 421st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 467th in 2019) and the 48th most popular British Writer.

Samuel Butler is most famous for his satirical poem "Hudibras," which is a mock epic poem about the English Civil War.

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Notable Works

The fair haven
The Way of All Flesh
Erewhon; or, Over the range
The Notebooks of Samuel Butler
What has contemporary China inherited from its revolutionary past? How do the realities and memories, aesthetics and practices of the Mao era still reverberate in the post-Mao cultural landscape? The essays in this volume propose red legacies as a new critical framework from which to examine the profusion of cultural productions and afterlives of the communist revolution in order to understand Chinaâe(tm)s continuities and transformations from socialism to postsocialism. Organized into five partsâe"red foundations, red icons, red classics, red bodies, and red shadowsâe"the bookâe(tm)s interdisciplinary contributions focus on visual and performing arts, literature and film, language and thought, architecture, museums, and memorials. Mediating at once unfulfilled ideals and unmourned ghosts across generations, red cultural legacies suggest both inheritance and debt, and can be mobilized to support as well as to critique the status quo.
Life and habit


Among writers, Samuel Butler ranks 584 out of 7,302Before him are Władysław Reymont, Cassiodorus, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Osip Mandelstam, Enid Blyton, and Abai Qunanbaiuly. After him are Allen Ginsberg, Su Shi, Wang Wei, Vasubandhu, Bruno Schulz, and D. H. Lawrence.

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Among people born in 1835, Samuel Butler ranks 10Before him are Pope Pius X, Camille Saint-Saëns, Cesare Lombroso, Adolf von Baeyer, Andrew Carnegie, and César Cui. After him are Giovanni Schiaparelli, Henryk Wieniawski, Giosuè Carducci, William Stanley Jevons, Fukuzawa Yukichi, and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Among people deceased in 1902, Samuel Butler ranks 6Before him are Émile Zola, Cecil Rhodes, Levi Strauss, Swami Vivekananda, and Rudolf Virchow. After him are Maria Goretti, Marie Henriette of Austria, Francis, Duke of Cádiz, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Ion Ivanovici, and Albert of Saxony.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Samuel Butler ranks 421 out of 8,785Before him are Thomas Cook (1808), Anne Neville (1456), Bobby Moore (1941), Christopher Wren (1632), William Godwin (1756), and Enid Blyton (1897). After him are Tristan (535), Fred Hoyle (1915), John Everett Millais (1829), John Barry (1933), Bartholomew Roberts (1682), and D. H. Lawrence (1885).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Samuel Butler ranks 48Before him are Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849), Harold Pinter (1930), Robert Burns (1759), George Eliot (1819), A. A. Milne (1882), and Enid Blyton (1897). After him are D. H. Lawrence (1885), John Donne (1572), J. M. Barrie (1860), Samuel Johnson (1709), Daphne du Maurier (1907), and Alexander Pope (1688).