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The Authoress of the Odyssey Samuel Butler

The Authoress of the Odyssey

Samuel Butler

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ISBN : 9781582010120
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293 pages
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Butler was a product, or perhaps the term should be user, of his classical education. His provocative novels bulge with classical references, his essays confront the Church, the intellectual establishment, and the Darwinians in full Latin regalia,MoreButler was a product, or perhaps the term should be user, of his classical education. His provocative novels bulge with classical references, his essays confront the Church, the intellectual establishment, and the Darwinians in full Latin regalia, and whether or not one regards him as a true gentlemanly Victorian eccentric or a hopeless crank, one must admit he knew his Homer. Near the end of his life, he wrote what was either a groundbreaking work of reasoned logic or one of the purest of pranks: a monograph asserting the author of the Odyssey was a woman bold enough to use herself as one of the characters. Tim Whitmarsh (Greek literature, U. of Exeter) describes the possible motivations of Butler to produce this methodical work, the reaction that followed in the intellectual community, and the dual possibilities that Butler knew he was right in his theories, or knew he was right in setting off dynamite in the stiff and patriarchal world of his fellow gentleman intellectuals. This is a reprint of the original 1897 edition published by A. C. Fifield, London with a new introduction. Distributed in the US by the David Brown Book Company. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR