The Works of Walter Pater: Volume 4, Imaginary Portraits and Gaston de Latour: an Unfinished Romance

The Works of Walter Pater: Volume 4, Imaginary Portraits and Gaston de Latour: an Unfinished Romance

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Walter Pater (1839-94) was the foremost Victorian writer on art and aesthetic experience. He brought his knowledge of the history of art to bear on the new problem of how to explain the very personal affective response to beauty, and raised this into a central concern of aesthetic and philosophical thought. His ideas still shape modern assumptions about how art plays on our feelings and intellectual responses. This edition of Pater's complete works was published in 1900-1 in a limited edition of 775 copies. It comprises eight volumes of his major works with an additional volume of critical essays. Following the publication of his novel in 1885, Pater continued his experiments with thinking through fiction in these short portraits of historical figures, published as Imaginary Portraits (1887) and Gaston de Latour (1888-9). The theme of talented, beautiful young men who die young reflects Pater's aesthetic outlook.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139062247
  • 9781139062244

Table of contents

Imaginary Portraits: 1. A prince of court painters; 2. Denys l'Auxerrois; 3. Sebastian van Storck; 4. Duke Carl of Rosenmold; Gaston de Latour: 1. A clerk in orders; 2. Our Lady's church; 3. Modernity; 4. Peach-blossom and wine; 5. Suspended judgment; 6. Shadows of events; 7. The lower pantheism.show more