Books: Butler Scalped

THE EARNEST ATHEIST—Malcolm Muggeridge—Putnam ($2.75).

Of late years Samuel Butler has been known mainly as the author of The Way of All Flesh, one of the best of modern English novels. But that fame is posthumous : the book was not published until 1903, the year after Butler died. In his lifetime he was not widely known, even less esteemed. Last week a compatriot who seemed to believe that Butler's own generation had him just about to rights, yanked Butler unceremoniously out of the Hall of Fame, gave him a dreadful tanning. It would...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!