The Way Of All Flesh
By Samuel Butler
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The Way Of All Flesh by Samuel Butler ranked # 12 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
The Way of All Flesh (1903) is a semi-autobiographical novel by Samuel Butler which attacks Victorian era hypocrisy.
Written between 1873 and 1884, it traces four generations of the Pontifex family. It represents the diminishment of religious outlook 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.
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