"Exploring is delightful to look forward and back upon, but is not comfortable at the time, unless it be of such an easy nature as not to deserve the name."
                        -Samuel Butler, Erewhon
Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
  • Born in Langar rectory, Nottingham.
  • Son of a clergyman.
  • English author, painter, composer.
  • Made fortune in sheep ranching before returning to England where he did work in arts and biology.
  • Major work: "Erewhon".
  • Other popular works:
    • "Life and Habit" (1879)
    • "The Authoress of the Odyssey" (1897)
    • "The Way of All Flesh" (1903; posthumous).
Nottingham, Sam's birthplace
Erewhon (1872)
Butler's most popular work ridicules the societal beliefs and customs of the English people by telling his story from the point of view of a visitor coming to a strange and foreign world. Using wit and satirical farce, Butler criticizes and contrasts Utopic beliefs in a light and amusing manner.
Check you local library for more information on Butler, "Erewhon", and other important works.

***By the way, don't confuse our Samuel Butler of 1835 with another Samuel Butler (1613-1680), who's not as cool, or as amusing!!!