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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

December 4th, 2002

In 1835, English novelist Samuel Butler (The Way of All Flesh, 1903) is born at Langar Rectory, Nottinghamshire.

Samuel Butler, b. December 4, 1835, d. 1902

butlersamuelIf Butler had written nothing except The Way of All Flesh, he would still be remembered as one of the best of the Victorian novelists. G.B. Shaw, E.M. Forster, and Aldous Huxley were all admirers. Butler, who lived in New Zealand for a time, also wrote on a number of subjects — Darwinism, art, religion — and his Erewhon was important in the development of utopian/dystopian literature.

Suggested Reading Novels Erewhon, 1872. The Way of All Flesh, 1902. Literary studies The Authoress of The Odyssey, 1897. Shakespeare’s Sonnets Reconsidered, 1899.

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