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Joris-Karl Huysmans

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Joris-Karl Huysmans (born Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans, February 5, 1848May 12, 1907) was a French novelist.

He was born in Paris. Huysmans started his literary career as a Naturalist writer with texts such as Marthe, Histoire d'une fille (1876). His novel rebours (Against the Grain) (1884), which featured a single character, the aesthete des Esseintes, broke from Naturalism and became the ultimate example of "decadent" literature. rebours gained further notoriety as an exhibit during the trials of Oscar Wilde in 1895, during which the prosecutor referred to the novel as a "sodomitical" book. In 1891, the publication of L-Bas (Down There) attracted considerable attention for its depiction of Satanism in late 1880s France. His later works En Route (1895) and La Cathdrale (1898) are influenced by Catholicism. Huysmans was also known for his art criticism: L'Art moderne (1883) and Certains (1889). He was a founding member of the Acadmie Goncourt.

Joris-Karl Huysmans was interred in the Cimetire du Montparnasse, Paris, France.

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