Samuel 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
nineteenth-century England's major institutions.
About The Author:
P. N. Furbank is Emeritus Professor of the Open University and author of Samuel
Butler: 1835-1902. Other publications include E. M. Forster: A Life; Italo
Svevo: the Man and the Writer; Unholy Pleasure: the Idea of Social Class and,
most recently, Diderot: A Critical Biography.