Samuel Butler: Unconcious Memory

Scope and Content

Draft of Samuel Butler's Unconscious memory, 1880, 397 folios.

Administrative / Biographical History

Samuel Butler (1835-1902), philosophical writer, was educated at Shrewsbury School and St John's College, Cambridge, before he emigrated to New Zealand in 1859. On his return to England he studied painting at Heatherley's School, and had his work exhibited at the Royal Academy. Butler attacked Darwin's law of natural selection in his written works, which included Unconscious memory (1880). He was also an original topographer of Italian Switzerland and a critic of Italian art. He composed music with H. Festing Jones in London, and was a student of Homer, publishing prose translations of the Iliad (1898) and the Odyssey (1900).

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by R.A. Streatfeild, 1916.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Butler in theConcise dictionary of national biography, Part II, 1901-1970 (Oxford University Press, 1982), p. 102.

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