Rediscovery of a writer of the so-called Victorian era, an aesthete and stylist, whose most famous pupil, Oscar Wilde, outpaced him, in these fields. Most of us who have studied the era experienced a brief passion for the perfectionism of Pater, for his ultra-civilized and cosmopolitan essays on old books, old pictures, old towns, civilized pursuits rather out of key with today. Rereading the choicest of his writings impresses one with his preciosity, but also with the sheer beauty of his prose, the idyllic quality of his style. An introductory section gives biographical background- not very appealing, as Pater emerges from a drab background, to the dilettantism of his professional career, his slow approach to published works, his restrained emotionalism (a psychological block dating back to childhood), and his reception of the violence of antagonism that greeted his Renaissance. Ambition was slow to grow- and never was fully realized in his lifetime. The selections include the whole of his Marius, and parts from his other important works.