Truly Wilde: The Unsettling Story of Dolly Wilde, Oscar's NiecePaperback
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- Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc
- Format: Paperback | 480 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 221mm x 33mm | 544g
- Publication date: 5 December 2001
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
- ISBN 10: 0306810794
- ISBN 13: 9780306810794
- Illustrations note: 16pp b&w photographs
- Sales rank: 732,548
Born a scant three months after her uncle Oscar's notorious arrest, raised in the shadow of the greatest scandal of the turn of the twentieth century, Dolly Wilde attracted people of taste and talent wherever she went. Brilliantly witty, charged with charm, a "born writer," she drenched her prodigious talents in liquids, burnt up her opportunities in flamboyant affairs, and died as she lived--repeating her uncle's history of excess, collapse, and ruin. In this biography, Joan Schenkar has created both a captivating portrait of Dolly and a cultural history of Natalie Clifford Barney's remarkable Parisian salon--frequented by Janet Flanner, Mina Loy, Djuna Barnes--in which she shone so brightly.
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Joan Schenkar has been called "America's most original contemporary playwright" and her work has been produced throughout the world. She is the author of a collection of plays, Signs of Life: Six Comedies of Menace and lives in both New York City and Paris.