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Paperback. Pub Date: August. 2004 Pages: 320 Publisher: Dover hailed by George Bernard Shaw AS one of the Summits of human achievement. Butler's autobiographical account of of a harsh upinging and troubled adulthood satirizes Victorian hypocrisy in its chronicle of the LiFe and loves of Ernest Pontifex. Along the way. it offers a powerful indictment of 19th-century England's major institutions.

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Hailed by George Bernard Shaw as "one of the summits of human achievement," Butler's autobiographical account of a harsh upbringing and troubled adulthood satirizes Victorian hypocrisy in its chronicle of the life and loves of Ernest Pontifex. Along the way, it offers a powerful indictment of 19th-century England's major institutions.

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It is read, I believe, mostly by the young, bent on making out a case against their elders, but Butler was fifty when he stopped working on it, and no reader much under that age is likely to appreciate the full beauty of its horrors. . . . Every contemporary novelist with a developed sense of irony is probably in some measure, directly or indirectly, indebted to Butler, who had the misfortune to be a twentieth-century man born in the year 1835 --The New Yorker

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