Samuel Butler 1613–80

  • Ian McGowan
Part of the St. Martin’s Anthologies of English Literature book series (AEL)


Having been a Justice of the Peace’s clerk, and an officer in aristocratic households, Butler won rapid fame with Hudibras (1662), which examined some of the attitudes underlying the Civil War and Commonwealth. Further parts followed in 1663 and 1678; Butler also wrote shorter satires and prose Characters. Charles II rewarded him financially.


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