Against the Grain [À rebours]
New York: Boni, 1930
The edition of Huysmans' Decadent masterpiece that so influenced Glassco's fiction. His copy came courtesy of H. Burton Bydwell, the “fat little lecher” in Memoirs of Montparnasse. Loaned in 1935, it was never returned.
After finishing the novel for the first time, Glassco turned to his journal, describing the work as one of the best things he’d ever read: "it even gave me a bit of a set-back – just a slight jolt – to see how thoroughly, conclusively, & beautifully the spirit of Perversity has found expression."
The sixth of thirty posts focussing on images not found in A Gentleman of Pleasure.
The entire series can be found here.