Erewhon / Edition 1

Erewhon / Edition 1

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by Samuel Butler
     
 

In this privately published work (1872), written in the tradition of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, English novelist, essayist, and iconoclast Samuel Butler (1835-1902) describes an imaginary visit to a topsy-turvy country called Erewhon (an anagram of "nowhere"), where it is a punishable offense to be physically ill, but where criminality and immorality are… See more details below

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In this privately published work (1872), written in the tradition of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, English novelist, essayist, and iconoclast Samuel Butler (1835-1902) describes an imaginary visit to a topsy-turvy country called Erewhon (an anagram of "nowhere"), where it is a punishable offense to be physically ill, but where criminality and immorality are looked kindly upon as treatable diseases. The English church is pilloried in the system of "Musical Banks," whose currency nobody believes in but which everyone pretends to value. Universities teach courses on how to say nothing at great length, and all machines have been banned for fear that they will develop through evolution and enslave the citizens. In this and other classic works, including The Way of All Flesh, Butler delighted in attacking the complacency and hypocrisy of Victorian manners and religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573922043
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
Literary Classics Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

DOVER THRIFT EDITIONS,
Title Page,
Copyright Page,
Note,
Preface to the First Edition,
Preface to the Second Edition,
Preface,
Chapter I - Waste Lands,
Chapter II - In the Wool-Shed,
Chapter III - Up the River,
Chapter IV - The Saddle,
Chapter V - The River and the Range,
Chapter VI - Into Erewhon,
Chapter VII - First Impressions,
Chapter VIII - In Prison,
Chapter IX - To the Metropolis,
Chapter X - Current Opinions,
Chapter XI - Some Erewhonian Trials,
Chapter XII - Malcontents,
Chapter XIII - The Views of the Erewhonians Concerning Death,
Chapter XIV - Mahaina,
Chapter XV - The Musical Banks,
Chapter XVI - Arowhena,
Chapter XVII - Ydgrun and the Ydgrunites,
Chapter XVIII - Birth Formulae,
Chapter XIX - The World of the Unborn,
Chapter XX - What They Mean by It,
Chapter XXI - The Colleges of Unreason,
Chapter XXII - The Colleges of Unreason—(continued),
Chapter XXIII - The Book of the Machines,
Chapter XXIV - The Book of the Machines—(continued),
Chapter XXV - The Book of the Machines—(concluded),
Chapter XXVI - The Views of an Erewhonian Prophet Concerning the Rights of Animals,
Chapter XXVII - The Views of an Erewhonian Philosopher Concerning the Rights of Vegetables,
Chapter XXVIII - Escape,
Chapter XXIX - Conclusion,
DOVER • THRIFT • EDITIONS,

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