By Stephen Bann
Simply over a century after his loss of life, Walter Pater's severe recognition now stands as excessive because it has ever been. within the English-speaking global, this has concerned restoration from the common overlook and indifference which attended his paintings within the first half the 20th century. In Europe, in spite of the fact that, enthusiastic disciplies comparable to Hugo von Hofmannsthal within the German-speaking international and Charles Du Bos in France, helped to gasoline a becoming information of his writings as vital to the emergence of modernist literature. Translations of works like Imaginary graphics, proven his precise voice as a classy critic and his novel, Marius the Epicurean, was once enthusiastically acquired in Paris within the Nineteen Twenties and released in Turin at the eve of the second one international conflict. This assortment strains the fortunes of Pater's writings in those 3 significant literatures and their reception in Spain, Portugal, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
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Some of the small modifications of vocabulary that Borchardt introduced could reasonably be seen as adjustments to the cultural expectations of a German audience. But others undoubtedly served the questionable purpose of bolstering up the level of Pater's 'martial appeal', whether by the loading of individual phrases, or by the simple omission of passages that might have seemed too feeble to pass muster. This collection of essays on Pater's reception does not claim to give systematic attention to the levels of accuracy with which his texts have been translated into the different European languages.
Vernon Lee had managed to meet Walter Pater in the summer of 1881 at Oxford. Although in a letter to her mother she remembers him as a 'heavy, shy, dull looking brown moustachioed creature over forty, much like Velasquez' Philip IV, lymphatic, dull, humourless' (Lee 1937, 78), there is no doubt about the impression that his critical approach to the Renaissance and the style of his imaginative prose had already left on her mind. As is known, a real friendship was soon to develop between them, with Pater obviously considering Miss Paget a young and gifted scholar.
In some countries featured here, for example Portugal or Czechoslovakia in the first quarter of the twentieth century, the record of Pater's reception comes down essentially to a question of specific modernist writers who responded very positively to aspects of Pater's message. The side of Pater that comes to the fore in these cases is thus in accordance with the logic of the historical and cultural context; as often as not, his role in critical discourse is tailored to the needs of literary polemic, or harnessed to major projects of national regeneration, that reflect a particular time and place.