Walter Pater
Imaginary Portraits

Edited by Lene Østermark-Johansen

Critical Texts 35

Jewelled Tortoise 1

Modern Humanities Research Association

1 April 2014  •  336pp

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Walter Pater is best known for his Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873) and for his first novel Marius the Epicurean (1885). His short fiction deserves a much wider audience. This edition includes the four intricate and influential narratives he published as Imaginary Portraits in 1887 together with five of his other portraits, published only in periodical form. Fully annotated and supplemented by valuable contextual materials, this collection, the first critical edition of Pater's shorter fiction, makes accessible these extraordinary and impressive stories.

This is the inaugural volume of the 'Jewelled Tortoise', an MHRA series of critical editions of significant aesthetic and decadent texts, launched under the general editorship of Stefano Evangelista and Catherine Maxwell.

Lene Østermark-Johansen is associate professor in the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

Reviews:

  • ‘Long out of print, Imaginary Portraits has finally found a worthy home in print, thanks to what Pater might have characterized as Østermark-Johansen’s ‘minute and scrupulous’ lapidary care.’ — Kit Andrews, Modern Language Review 111.3, 2016, 861-63 (full text online)
  • ‘It makes the portraits accessible through the lucid, highly original, and perceptive critical introductions and the useful, often necessary annotations. This is an essential text for students of Pater and Aestheticism.’ — David Riede, Pater Newsletter 65, 2014, 92
  • ‘"[Østermark-Johansen] combines an encyclopedic knowledge of Pater's influences and allusions, and an astute understanding of his works and life, with enviable lightness of touch."’ — Kate Hext, Times Literary Supplement 8 August 2014, 11
  • ‘The annotations are perhaps the most significant contribution this collection will make, as Pater’s highly allusive prose poses difficulties even to trained scholars – there is nothing close to its combination of comprehensiveness and critical apparatus on the market right now.’ — Matthew Potolsky, Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies 24, 2015, 112
  • ‘Lene Østermark-Johansen’s magisterial new edition ... offering incisive critical and historical contexts for the individual texts.’ — James Eli Adams, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 59, 2016, 105-08
  • ‘Remarkable value and puts the exorbitant prices charged by some other publishers of textual editions to shame.’ — William Baker, The Year's Work in English Studies 95.1, 2016, 1472
  • ‘This invaluable edition will hopefully bring some hitherto neglected texts of the Pater canon to a wider readership including undergraduates, especially as it comes for a very reasonable price. A definite "must-buy".’ — Bénédicte Coste, Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens 82, 2015

Contents:

i-vi
Front Matter
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vii-vii
Table of Contents
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viii-ix
List of Illustrations
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x-xii
Acknowledgements
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1-66
Introduction
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67-70
Select Bibliography
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71-74
A Pater Chronology
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75-76
A NOTE ON THE TEXT
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77-82
‘Diaphaneitè’
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83-100
‘The Child in the House’
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101-114
‘An English Poet’
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115-142
‘A Prince of Court Painters’
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143-166
‘Sebastian van Storck’
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167-188
‘Denys l’Auxerrois’
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189-214
‘Duke Carl of Rosenmold’
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215-238
‘Hippolytus Veiled’: A Study from Euripides
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239-270
‘Emerald Uthwart’
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271-292
‘Apollo in Picardy’
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293-298
Appendix A: Heinrich Heine, the Gods in Exile (1853)
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299-304
Appendix B: From Edmond and Jules De Goncourt, ‘Watteau’, L’art Du Xviiie Siècle
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305-314
Appendix C From Walter Pater, ‘A Study of Dionysus: the Spiritual Form of Fire and Dew’ Fortnightly Review No. Cxx, Vol. Xx N.s. (1 December 1876), Pp. 752–72, Pp. 766–72
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315-322
Appendix D From Walter Pater, ‘Lacedæmon’, Contemporary Review Lxi (june 1892), Pp. 790–808
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323-324
Back Matter
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Bibliography entry:

Østermark-Johansen, Lene (ed.), Walter Pater: Imaginary Portraits, Critical Texts, 35 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2014)

First footnote reference: 35 Walter Pater: Imaginary Portraits, ed. by Lene Østermark-Johansen, Critical Texts, 35 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2014), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Østermark-Johansen, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Østermark-Johansen, Lene (ed.). 2014. Walter Pater: Imaginary Portraits, Critical Texts, 35 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Østermark-Johansen 2014: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Østermark-Johansen 2014: 21.

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