Thanks Dr. Clark.
> If there is any evolution on the intellectual level, it comes from individuals developing themselves to their peak.
A very Nietzschean idea. He said somewhere that the entire purpose of a culture is the development of a few exceptional individuals.
He definitely inspired Wilde. He's one of the larger entries in the index of Ellman's biography. Oscar to some extent saw his mission as carrying on Pater's message.
I've forgotten, but I believe Wilde, as a student at Oxford, actually knew Pater. Is that in Ellman?
T. S. Eliot, with Wilde in mind and sounding a bit like somebody's maiden aunt, said of Pater's Renaissance:
His view of art, as expressed in THE RENAISSANCE, impressed itself upon a number of writers in the 'nineties, and propagated some confusion between life and art which is not wholly irresponsible for some untidy lives.
"Untidy" hardly begins to describe Wilde's life—what an odd choice of words.
Yes, they were friends after Wilde's sending Pater some of his work resulted in a bit of a mutual admiration society. You're right, "untidy" is a somewhat euphemistic epithet for Oscar's life.
I have that book by Dan Barker - I am glad he wrote it.
I should have said that I wasn't driven to entertain anyone but myself. The audience didn't matter much, except that it was flattering to get a paycheck, skimpy as it was. It was entirely for myself; when the music started I HAD to dance or skate. Traveling the US and Mexico was an extra treat.
That sounds wonderful to me sk8eycat