Walter Pater: Marius the Epicurean (5478 words)

Marius the Epicurean: His Sensations and Ideas is a novel-length imaginary portrait of a boy growing to young manhood in Italy in the second century, told from the view point of an erudite, humane, and psychologically astute nineteenth-century scholar and artist in prose very much like Walter Pater himself. The imaginary portrait is a literary genre that Pater developed. In all but one of his twelve imaginary portraits, most of them of short-story length, the character portrayed is a misfit in his environment, or, when his childhood is described, becomes a misfit after early childhood. The one exception is “The Child in the House”, in which the character is portrayed only in childhood. The environment which acts upon the c…

Inman, Billie Andrew. "Marius the Epicurean". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 July 2006
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