Butler, Samuel: The Way of All Flesh.

Butler, Samuel - The Way of All Flesh. Penguin, 1995 (1st thus). Samuel Butler drew upon the raw material of his own life as the son of a stern clerical father and on his days at boarding school and at Cambridge in his portrayal of the Pontifex family and his protagonist Ernest pontifex. His theme is the war between parents and children, his target is Victorian social, sexual and religious hypocrisy, and his weapons are a genius for caricature and passionate bitterness redeemed by comedy. (back cover). 374pp standard papeerback. 2 spine creases but even so probably unread; slight page-edge browning; very good.

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