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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.

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.

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

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