Erewhon; Or, Over the Range
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Erewhon; Or, Over the Range

By Samuel Butler
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Erewhon: or, Over the Range (e-re-whon) is a novel by Samuel Butler which was first published anonymously in 1872. The title is also the name of a country, supposedly discovered by the protagonist. In the novel, it is not revealed where Erewhon is, but it is clear that it is a fictional country. Butler meant the title to be read as "nowhere" backwards even though the letters "h" and "w" are transposed, as it would have been pronounced in his day (and still is in some dialects of English). The book is a satire on Victorian society.
The first few chapters of the novel dealing with the discovery of Erewhon are in fact based on Butler's own experiences in New Zealand where, as a young man, he worked as a sheep farmer on Mesopotamia Station for about four years (1860–64), and explored parts of the interior of the South Island and which he wrote about in his A First Year in Canterbury Settlement (1863).

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Table of Contents
  • Erewhon, by Samuel Butler
  • EREWHON, OR OVER THE RANGE
    • PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
    • PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION
    • PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION
    • CHAPTER I: WASTE LANDS
    • CHAPTER II: IN THE WOOL-SHED
    • CHAPTER III: UP THE RIVER
    • CHAPTER IV: THE SADDLE
    • CHAPTER V: THE RIVER AND THE RANGE
    • CHAPTER VI: INTO EREWHON
    • CHAPTER VII: FIRST IMPRESSIONS
    • CHAPTER VIII: IN PRISON
    • CHAPTER IX: TO THE METROPOLIS
    • CHAPTER X: CURRENT OPINIONS
    • CHAPTER XI: SOME EREWHONIAN TRIALS
    • CHAPTER XII: MALCONTENTS
    • CHAPTER XIII: THE VIEWS OF THE EREWHONIANS CONCERNING DEATH
    • CHAPTER XIV: MAHAINA
    • CHAPTER XV: THE MUSICAL BANKS
    • CHAPTER XVI: AROWHENA
    • CHAPTER XVII: YDGRUN AND THE YDGRUNITES
    • CHAPTER XVIII: BIRTH FORMULAE
    • CHAPTER XIX: THE WORLD OF THE UNBORN
    • CHAPTER XX: WHAT THEY MEAN BY IT
    • CHAPTER XXI: THE COLLEGES OF UNREASON
    • CHAPTER XXII: THE COLLEGES OF UNREASON—Continued
    • CHAPTER XXIII: THE BOOK OF THE MACHINES
    • CHAPTER XXIV: THE MACHINES—continued
    • CHAPTER XXV: THE MACHINES—concluded
    • CHAPTER XXVI: THE VIEWS OF AN EREWHONIAN PROPHET CONCERNING THE RIGHTS OF ANIMALS
    • CHAPTER XXVII: THE VIEWS OF AN EREWHONIAN PHILOSOPHER CONCERNING THE RIGHTS OF VEGETABLES
    • CHAPTER XXVIII: ESCAPE
    • CHAPTER XXIX: CONCLUSION
    • Footnotes
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