Walter Pater, Marius the Epicurean

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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 character and/or to which the character reacts, with varying…

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Citation: Inman, Billie Andrew. "Marius the Epicurean". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 July 2006 [, accessed 29 May 2024.]

9863 Marius the Epicurean 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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