What is "The Oval Portrait" based on?

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What is "The Oval Portrait" based on? I thought maybe it was based on his wife Virginia or inspired by her, please notify me if you know all this! thank you:)

-- Anonymous, April 15, 2001


Um, I haven't really read that, but I do know that one of the only things his mother could give him in her will was an oval portrait of herself.

-- Anonymous, April 22, 2001

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