Walter Pater (1839---94) is a man whose time is coming, but it has been a long wait. Despite the excellent books by Michael Levey (The Case of Walter Pater, 1978) and Denis Donoghue (Walter Pater: Lover of Strange Souls, 1995), we still need a full biography; the two-volume effort by Thomas Wright (1907) is seriously inadequate. We at least have a reliable edition of Pater’s letters by Lawrence Evans (1970). It is a cause for celebration that Oxford University Press has announced a modern scholarly edition of the complete works to replace the unannotated “Library Edition” of 1910. Meanwhile, few individual titles are available. The Renaissance (1873) and Marius the Epicurean (1885) may still be found by diligent searchers, but the former is likely to be read by students of art history rather than...


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