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À Rebours (Against the Grain or Against Nature) by Joris-Karl Huysmans, is a representative work of Parisian decadence that heavily influenced British aesthetes like Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley. Such books in Paris were wrapped in yellow paper to alert the reader to their lascivious content.

In Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), a major corrupting influence on Dorian is "the yellow book" which Lord Henry sends over to amuse him after the suicide of his first love. This "yellow book" is understood by critics to be A Rebours.

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