Samuel Butler was an English novelist, essayist, and critic whose works foreshadowed the collapse of the Victorian illusion of eternal progress. From an early age the young Samuel was expected to follow the family path into the Church and, as a result, Butler looked back on his childhood as a period of domestic confinement, oppression and misery. Butler belonged to no literary school, and spawned no followers during his lifetime. His controversial assertions shut him out from both of the opposing factions of church and science which played a large role in late Victorian cultural life.
The “Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino” is the chronicle that narrates the author's love for Italy and the lifetime of holidays there. The reader will find chapters describing specific town, castle or church with drawings and asides that provide context for his recollections. The author is trying to enrich understanding of good and evil and to show a subtle distinction between these two concepts. A special writing manner will carry the audience to a completely different perspective on the literature!