Samuel Butler and His Family Relations

Samuel Butler and His Family Relations

Samuel Butler and His Family Relations

Samuel Butler and His Family Relations

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SAMUEL BUTLER is one of those writers who arouse a very lively response in their readers: it may be of enjoyment and admiration; it may be of quite the opposite complexion. There is nothing neutral about him; nothing that may be called "mild" or "inoffensive," or damned with the faint praise of the indifferent. Underrated in his lifetime, or rather, not so much underrated as overlooked -- for the few who read him were quite aware of his import -- he is to-day assuming an imposing place, and is beginning to be spoken of as a leader of modern thought by some who have the right to deliver such judgments, as well as by those who have never read, and have no wish to read, Life and Habit , Unconscious Memory , and Luck or Cunning . Mr.

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