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This provocative study suggests that Pater, usually thought of as a florid prose stylist and second-rate adjunct to the Esthetic Movement, is, in reality, an articulate prophet of the twentieth century. Pater’s work, the book indicates, shows a consistent concern with the transmission of humanism from one generation to the next through the medium of art. The link in that transmission is the human image in a milieu—the appearance of man as manifested in painting, sculpture, prose, poetry, or drama. Pater’s fiction, as well as his criticism, strives to create a milieu, extracting both what is unique and what is constant from that milieu. His treatment of humanism has seemed introverted, bizarre, almost obsessional, but he prefigured the concerns of such writers as Joyce and Yeats, and his esthetic has become an accepted part of our mid-twentieth century intellectual structure.

Richmond Crinkley is Director of Programs at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D. C.

Publication Date

1970

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

9780813151854

eISBN

9780813162577

Keywords

Walter Pater, Humanism, Humanism in literature

Disciplines

Literature in English, British Isles

Walter Pater: Humanist
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