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St John's College is home to thirty-four of Samuel Butler's oil paintings, most of which were photographed in 2011 by the Public Catalogue...

Samuel Butler (1835–1902) was a writer, artist and photographer, who engaged in many of the topical debates of his time. He published books...

Samuel Butler first visited Italy in the winter of 1843, aged just eight. Fifty-five years later, in 1898, he recorded in his notebook his...

 

Click on the titles to read a summary, view images of some of the editions in the Butler Collection, and find links to free online...

 

Samuel Butler studied Classics at St John’s College from 1854 to 1858, and after graduating in 1859 he moved to New Zealand, where he...

 

In 1859 the naturalist Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, changing forever the...

 

‘…of all dead men Handel has had the largest place in my thoughts. In fact I should say he and his music have been the central fact...

 

‘One’s thoughts fly so fast that one must shoot them; it is no use trying to put salt on their tails.’ -Samuel Butler, Notebooks...

Talk Recordings

World-renowned running author and literary scholar Professor Roger Robinson has discovered that before writing 'The Way of All Flesh'...

From the Christian Church to Charles Darwin, Samuel Butler scrutinized and challenged perceived wisdom, and sought to expose hypocrisy and contradiction wherever he found it. Sharing new material...

In 1882 Samuel Butler published Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino, a charming travel guide to the little-known churches, villages and alpine ranges of southern...

Believing that his art school education and the closed-mindedness of the Victorian establishment had constrained his natural talents, Samuel Butler spent the latter half of his life as a self-...

Cristiano Turbil offers an insight into the very particular relationship between Samuel Butler and Italy, describing how Butler's work on the Sicilian origin of the Odyssey and his idea of...

Dr Elinor Shaffer, co-editor of volume three of The Reception of Charles Darwin in Europe, discusses how European responses to Darwin have shed new light on the works of Samuel Butler.

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More than 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species, the implications of Darwinism for society and humanity at large have never been so fiercely debated, by philosophers...