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Walter Pater
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    (August 4, 1839-July 30, 1894)
    Wrote ‘Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1878),’ ‘Marius the Epicurean (1885),’ ‘Imaginary Portraits (1887)’ and ‘Appreciations, with an Essay on Style (1889)’
    Popularized the concept of ‘art for art’s sake’ in England
    His mustache was as big as a broom bristle.
    He was bookish and nerdy.
    He was a lousy student.
    He became fanatically religious, then fanatically pagan, then fanatically religious again.
    His writing style is incredibly wordy.
    His theories about literature and art are nutty.
    He claimed that the Mona Lisa was supposed a vampire, a mermaid, a goddess, the mother of the Virgin Mary, and a lot of other crazy things.
    His point about the Mona Lisa was that art says different things to different people.
    He felt a lot of people misunderstood his ideas.
    He influenced writers like Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf.
    He is considered a founding father of modern criticism.
    His father died when he was a baby.
    He led a quiet life.

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