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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 48,662 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Samuel Butler is the 595th most popular writer (down from 573rd in 2019), the 467th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 429th in 2019) and the 54th 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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Among writers, Samuel Butler ranks 595 out of 5,755Before him are Philip Larkin, Thomas Wolfe, Ferenc Molnár, Ausonius, Tirso de Molina, and Arthur Koestler. After him are Eugène Sue, Michael Crichton, Samuel Johnson, Demetrius Vikelas, Alessandro Manzoni, and Camilo José Cela.

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Among people born in 1835, Samuel Butler ranks 12Before him are Cesare Lombroso, Adolf von Baeyer, Andrew Carnegie, César Cui, Henryk Wieniawski, and Giovanni Schiaparelli. After him are Demetrius Vikelas, Giosuè Carducci, Eduard Strauss, Josef Stefan, William Stanley Jevons, and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Among people deceased in 1902, Samuel Butler ranks 8Before him are Cecil Rhodes, Swami Vivekananda, Rudolf Virchow, Levi Strauss, Maria Goretti, and Marie Henriette of Austria. After him are James Tissot, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Francis, Duke of Cádiz, Victor D'Hondt, Ion Ivanovici, and Albert of Saxony.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Samuel Butler ranks 467 out of 7,765Before him are John Knox (1514), Philip Larkin (1922), Joshua Reynolds (1723), Richard Francis Burton (1821), Donald Pleasence (1919), and John Hicks (1904). After him are Samuel Johnson (1709), William Laud (1573), William Adams (1564), Gregory Bateson (1904), Gustav Holst (1874), and John Donne (1572).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Samuel Butler ranks 54Before him are John le Carré (1931), Beatrix Potter (1866), J. M. Barrie (1860), A. A. Milne (1882), Percy Fawcett (1867), and Philip Larkin (1922). After him are Samuel Johnson (1709), John Donne (1572), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), John Bunyan (1628), Daphne du Maurier (1907), and Geoffrey of Monmouth (1090).