Seminar: Nicholas Birns, Samuel Butler's The Way of All Flesh
Samuel Butler’s The Way of All Flesh, published after the writer’s death in 1902, is a full-bodied social novel as well as an excoriating attack on the Victorian consensus. Through three generations of the Pontifex family—the striving George, the pious Theobald, and the emancipated but confused Ernest—Butler chronicles the collapse of the nineteenth century’s certainties and the arising of new, modern questions with psychological depth and satiric verve.
Join in this two-part discussion (Tuesdays October 24 and November 28) of a book long regarded as a modern classic. A reading list will be provided to registrants.