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The Way of All Flesh

by Samuel Butler Author · Frederick Davidson Narrator


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This brilliant satirical novel traces the life and loves of Ernest Pontifex, a young man who survives the baleful influence of a hateful, hypocritical father, a doting mother, and a debauched wife to emerge as a decent, happy human being. A fascinating character study, it is also a stinging satire of the Victorian gentry's pomposity, sentimentality, pseudo-respectability, and refined cruelty—one still capable of delivering death-blows to the same traits in our present world. Since its original publication in 1903, The Way of All Flesh has enjoyed continuous popularity. Every new generation finds in this novel a reaffirmation of youth's admirable will for freedom of personal expression and its rightful struggle against the tyranny of harsh parents.

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Blackstone Publishing
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
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Samuel Butler (Author)

Samuel Butler (1835–1902) was born at Langar rectory, near Bingham, Nottinghamshire, and was educated at Shrewsbury and St. John's College, Cambridge. In his later years he turned to Shakespearean scholarship and published translations of Iliad an...

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