First published in 1889, Appreciations, with an Essay on Style is a collection of previously published works by one of the most influential essayists, literary critiques and stylists of the 19th century, Walter Pater.The volume includes 16 essays, all of them appraisals of the authors most appreciated by Pater. In the book, Pater expresses his respect towards Wordsworth, Coleridge, Charles Lamb, Shakespeare as well as Feuillet and Dante Gabriel Rossetti and he also expresses his views about the future of literature. He dedicates a separate essay to his method used when writing prose and to his artistic creed. As one of the most important representatives of the aesthetic movement that extended the definition of beauty to become the governing principal of life, in Appreciations Pater evaluates the works of these authors from a unique perspective, promoting a systematic interpretation of literature based on ideals of beauty.Appreciations is one of the major works by Pater published during his lifetime and also a collection of essays revised by Pater himself for the second edition in 1890 – the version that has been used for reprints ever since. Other works published during Pater’s life that made Pater a well-known and acclaimed critique include The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry, in which he writes about grand masters such as Leonardo, Botticelli and Giorgione; a philosophical novel entitled Marius the Epicurean, about a young Roman man who is striving to lead his life in harmony with aesthetic principles; and his volume entitled Plato and Platonism, with essays about ancient Greece. Many of Pater’s works were published after his death in 1894, such as his essays about Greek art, life and culture collected under the title Greek Studies, his other writings on various topics collected in the volume entitled Miscellaneous Essays and his unfinished novel entitled Gaston de Latour.