Truly Wilde

Truly Wilde : The Unsettling Story of Dolly Wilde, Oscar's Niece

By (author) Joan Schenkar


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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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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 152.4 x 220.98 x 33.02mm | 544.31g
  • 05 Dec 2001
  • The Perseus Books Group
  • Da Capo Press Inc
  • Cambridge, MA
  • English
  • 16pp b&w photographs
  • 0306810794
  • 9780306810794
  • 813,398

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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.

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