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Ryan Gosling Looks Like 19th-Century Literary Critic Walter Pater

"Hey, girl. I'm loving your aesthetic." —Walter Pater, probably

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'Sup, nerds. So this is Walter Pater, 19th-century British fictionist, essayist, and literary and art critic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Pater#/media/File:Walter-pater-1.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oil_Panting_of_Walter_Pater.jpg

What a mustachioed babe, right? (Bear with me.)

You probably know him from your intro to literary studies course as the pre-Raphaelite homosexual* who wrote The Renaissance, a keystone piece of cultural criticism of a decadent literary movement.

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*LOL, is that a tautology, or...?

BUT WAIT. Look closely at this etching. Doesn't he look familiar?

http://www.enotes.com/topics/walter-pater
http://www.enotes.com/topics/walter-pater

THERE IT IS.

http://www.enotes.com/topics/walter-pater
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RIGHT???

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Therefore, it is now time for pre-Raphaelite Ryan Gosling.

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So now you know. Good luck with finals, kids.

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