Poisoned by a book?

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Poisoned by a book?

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Apr 23, 2009, 9:51am

Pardon me if I'm interloping here ("True fans only!!!"), but I've been reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, and I'm wondering, is the book which Dorian was "poisoned" by based on a real book?

Apr 23, 2009, 10:37am

I believe it is based on A Rebours by J. K. Huysmans.

Apr 23, 2009, 12:02pm

Thanks christiguc! I guess I thought it'd be some obscure book.

Jan 1, 2010, 5:55am

I hold the idea that he was not merely poisoned by a degrade taste book but Lord Henry Wotton.

Dec 2, 2011, 6:13pm

I personally think that Dorian's mind was not poisoned by a book or portrait. It was poisoned by all of the usual suspect, such as vanity, shallow wishes of staying young for ever and greed. Wilde's words are often symbolic.