Skip to content

Biblio logo: Used, Rare and Collectible Books for Sale

THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by SAMUEL BUTLER - Hardcover - 1969 - from Vancouver Bookseller (SKU: 575)

THE WAY OF ALL FLESH

Click for full-size.

THE WAY OF ALL FLESH

by SAMUEL BUTLER

  • Used
  • near fine
  • hardcover
Condition
Near Fine/n/a
Seller
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
West Vancouver, British Columbia
Item Price
$24.01
$17.61 Shipping to USA
Standard delivery: 7 to 10 days

More Shipping Options
Ask Seller a Question

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal

About This Item

The Way of All Flesh, which was completed in 1884, is a semi-autobiographical novel by the English writer Samuel Butler (1835-1902). It is a blistering attack on the hypocrisy of the Victorian age and Butler didn't dare publish it during his lifetime--it was finally published in 1903. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked it as #12 on its list of 100 best English novels of the 20th century.

This copy was published in 1969 by the Classics Club. It is beige tweed boards with red and gold on the cover and spine. The tops of the pages are dyed red. 389 pages.

The book is unread and pristine. Its only flaw is that tiny bits of the red on the spine has rubbed off. (The dark mark across the cover is my shadow.)


NOTE: If you are OUTSIDE of North America, my quoted shipping price is for surface mail without tracking. For other shipping options, please contact me.





Synopsis

The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler is a semi-autobiographical novel that attacks Victorian-era hypocrisy. The story traces the history of the Pontifex family from the early eighteenth century until about 1880 and focuses, for the most part, on the life of young Ernest Pontifex, the novel’s protagonist. Yet Ernest isn’t born until 1835, in the book’s 17th chapter. Butler uses the first 16 chapters to provide a psychological portrait of the Pontifex family background as a means of allowing readers to understand what factors have gone into forming Ernest’s personality and the longevity of the chains of tradition he must break. Upon publication in 1903, the book seemed very much of its time, an early 20th century groundbreaker alongside the work of Sigmund Freud and Pablo Picasso. The Way of All Flesh seemed to celebrate the end of the Victorian age just as it was decidedly over. But in fact, Butler had written the book decades earlier, between 1873 and 1884, though he deemed it too shocking for publication during his lifetime. As a result, Richard Alexander Streatfeild, a friend of Butler’s, arranged the publication — as the author requested of him — a year after his death. Streatfeild proved to be a good friend indeed as The Way of All Flesh was ranked twelfth on the Modern Library’s list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

Read More: Identifying first editions of THE WAY OF ALL FLESH

Reviews

Review this book and you’ll be entered for a chance to win !

(Log in or Create an Account first!)

You’re rating the book as a work, not the seller or the specific copy you purchased!

Details

bookseller
Vancouver Bookseller CA (CA)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
575
Title
THE WAY OF ALL FLESH
Author
SAMUEL BUTLER
Format/binding
Perfect
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket condition
n/a
Quantity available
1
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Walter J Black for the Classics Club
Place of Publication
United States
Date Published
1969
Pages
389
Keywords
Victorian age, 100 best English novels
Bookseller catalogs
British Society; British Fiction;

Terms of Sale

Vancouver Bookseller

30 day return guarantee, with full refund including original shipping costs for up to 30 days after delivery if an item arrives misdescribed or damaged. All books are shipped in padded waterproof envelopes, and with tracking. If you simply change your mind and want to return the book, you will get a refund for the book only (not the delivery charge), provided it is in the same condition as it was when it was shipped to you.

About the Seller

Vancouver Bookseller

Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Biblio.com member since 2019
West Vancouver, British Columbia
Ask Seller a Question

About Vancouver Bookseller

Private individual who has been collecting books for 40 years. It's time for them to find new forever homes.

Glossary

Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

spine
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf.... [More]

This Book’s Categories

tracking-