Tuesday, 16 January 2007


The conclusion to Pater's The Renaissance--which is where most of the famous quotations from the book are to be found--begins with a footnote. 'This brief "Conclusion" was omitted in the second edition of this book,' says Pater, 'as I conceived it might mislead some of those young men into who hands it might fall.' Obviously he changed his mind; and I love the 'those young men', as if he has particular young men in mind ...

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