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Essays from the Guardian

Essays from the Guardian( )
Author: Pater, Walter
Series title:Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies
ISBN:978-1-108-03431-9
Publication Date:Nov 2011
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $30.95
Book Description:

Published alongside Pater's collected works of 1900-1, this collection reprints his literary reviews from the 1880s.

Book Details
Pages:162
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / European / French
Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):14 x 21.6 x 1 cm
Book Weight:0.21 Kilograms
Author Biography
Pater, Walter (Author)
Walter Pater (born August4, 1839) was an Englaish essayist, critic and writer of fiction. He attended Queen's College, Oxford.

His earliest work, an essay on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, appeared in 1866 in The Westminster Review; Pater soon became a regular contributor to a number of serious reviews, especially The Fortnightly, which published his essays on Leonardo da Vinci, Pico Della Mirandola, Botticelli, and the poetry of Michelangelo. All were included in his first, and perhaps most influential, book, Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873; reissued as The Renaissance, 1877).

In 1885 Pater's only novel, Marius the Epicurean, appeared. Ostensibly, Marius is a historical novel, set in the time of Marcus Aurelius and tracing the philosophical development of its young protagonist and his gradual approach to Christianity. Practically, however, Marius is more a meditation of the philosophical choices that confronted Pater, or any thinker, during the late Victorian period. In light of the work's underrealized characterizations and the lack of any but intellectual action, it is difficult to justify calling it a novel in the usual sense of the term. Yet, as a highly polished prose piece, and as an argument for an austere yet intensely experienced way of life, it holds a singular place in Victorian literature.

On July 30, 1894 Pater died suddenly in his Oxford home of heart failure brought on by rheumatic fever, at the age of 54. He was buried at Holywell Cemetery, Oxford. 030



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