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  • proper noun the fictitious land described in the novel Erewhon by Samuel Butler.

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  • noun a satirical novel written by Samuel Butler (1872) describing a fictitious land


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  • _Erewhon_ had a sequel thirty years later (1901) in _Erewhon Revisited_, in which the narrator of the earlier romance, who had escaped from Erewhon in a balloon, finds himself, on revisiting the country after a considerable interval, the object of a topsy-turvy cult, to which he gave the name of "Sunchildism."

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

  • The title Erewhon baffled me in high school, for I didn't get "nowhere" reading the utopian designation backwards

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol III No 2

  • Samuel Butler’s attack on the machine in the well-known chapter of Erewhon is a different matter.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • Samuel Butler, the author of "The Way of All Flesh", "Erewhon", etc. and one of the great cranks of all time, made his fortune raising sheep in New Zealand. A PERSONAL NOTE.

  • Higgs, the mysterious stranger of "Erewhon," who escaped by a balloon, has become a subject for myth.

    Definitions: Essays in Contemporary Criticism

  • Samuel Butler's "Erewhon" has passed safely into the earthly paradise of the so-called classics.

    Definitions: Essays in Contemporary Criticism

  • In "Erewhon" it was human unreason, as a clever youth sees it, that he was attacking.

    Definitions: Essays in Contemporary Criticism

  • "Erewhon," a joyous negligence as to where the blow should fall, a sense of not being responsible for the world the author flicked with his lash, which saved the book from the condemnation that would have been its fate had the Victorians taken it seriously.

    Definitions: Essays in Contemporary Criticism

  • Such late instances as Butler's satirical "Erewhon," and Mr. Stead's queendom of inverted sexual conditions in Central Africa, found the Tibetan method of slaughtering the inquiring visitor a simple, sufficient rule.

    A Modern Utopia

  • I forget when, but not very long after I had published "Erewhon" in 1872, it occurred to me to ask myself what course events in Erewhon would probably take after Mr. Higgs, as I suppose I may now call him, had made his escape in the balloon with Arowhena.

    Erewhon Revisited


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