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Five Fascinating Facts about Samuel Butler

07 Mar
Five Fascinating Facts about Samuel Butler

Interesting facts indeed about a novelist I’ve not yet read.

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Trivia about a curious Victorian novelist

1. He thought Homer was a woman.Samuel Butler (1835-1902), Victorian novelist and thinker, wrote translations of both the Iliad (1898) and the Odyssey (1900), and in 1897 wrote a book about his theory, The Authoress of the Odyssey, which presented the ‘evidence’ for the case that Homer, far from being a blind man, or a team of writers, was actually female. Few were convinced, although Robert Graves notably took up the theory in the twentieth century, in his novel Homer’s Daughter.

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