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Published: 15 April 2010

240 Pages

ISBN: 9780199535071

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Studies in the History of the Renaissance

New Edition

Walter Pater
Edited by Matthew Beaumont

Oxford World's Classics

  • Pater's Studies in the History of the Renaissance is a highly influential defence of aestheticism, an extraordinary work of cultural criticism forever associated with the decadent movement at the end of the nineteenth century.
  • This new edition reproduces the first edition of 1873 and recaptures the impact made by the book on its first appearance. It includes the later chapter on Giorgione as an Appendix.
  • The Introduction describes the cultural context that gave rise to the book, the reasons for its notoriety, Pater's philosophical outlook and the arguments in his book. It explores Pater's work as an attempt to preserve the unique aesthetic of a work of art in the face of encroaching mass culture.
  • Comprehensive notes identify the many literary and artistic references and echoes of Pater's other works.
  • Useful Glossary of Names.
  • Up-to-date bibliography.

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