Walter Pater: Lover of Strange Souls

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A critical biography profiles a nineteenth-century aesthetician whose modernistic work on The Renaissance resulted in controversy and ridicule.

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Denis Donoghue is University Professor at New York University, where he also holds the Henry James Chair of English and American Letters.

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Author and critic Donoghue (The Old Moderns, LJ 3/1/94; American and English literature, New York Univ.) writes of essayist/novelist/aesthetician Walter Pater that he is audible in virtually every attentive modern writer. Donoghue believes that Pater added not new ideas but a tone to literature, a style using the ideas of other writers as the impetus for his own writing, which in turn has been misunderstood and patronized. The Pater about whom Donoghue writes never intended to dissent but rather stood aside, challenging if not interrogating the laws of culture and making readers and other writers a little less sure of themselves. Pater was physically ugly and longed not to be, a homosexual in love with male beauty and all beautiful things yet ever aware of their transience?all of which influenced his writing. The latter part of the book analyzes Pater's work and is academic in approach but at the same time intimate and highly readable. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.
-?Robert L. Kelly, Fort Wayne Community Schs., Ind.
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