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

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Basic Books, 2000 - 442 pagine
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A "born writer" who never completed the creative life promised by her famous name and gorgeous imagination, Dolly Wilde was charged with charm, brilliantly witty, changeable as refracting light, and loaded with sexual allure. She made her career in the salonsand in the bedroomsof some of London's and Paris' most interesting women and men. Attracting people of taste and talent wherever she went, she drenched her prodigious talents in liquids and chemicals, burnt up her opportunities in flamboyant affairs, and created continuous sensations by the ways in which she seemed to be re-living the life of her infamous uncle. In this revolutionary and very modern biography, Joan Schenkar provides a fascinating look at what it means to live with the talents but not the achievements of biography's usual subjects: those obliterating "winners"like Dolly's uncle Oscarwhose stories have almost erased riveting histories like Dolly's own. And she uncovers never-before-published evidence of the hidden life of the Wilde family and of the extraordinary salon society of Natalie Clifford Barney, Dolly Wilde's longest and most fatal attachment.

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TRULY WILDE: The Unsettling Story of Dolly Wilde, Oscar's Unusual Niece

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A sprawling, eclectic take on one of the most sensual and tragic figures of the Lost Generation.Present-day notions of the glory that was Paris (circa 1922) rest heavily on the social prowess of the ... Leggi recensione completa

Truly Wilde: the unsettling story of Dolly Wilde, Oscar's unusual niece

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Dorothy Irene (Dolly) Wilde (1895-1941), who should have been an extraordinary talent during the Modernist period, died alone at the age of 46 of mysterious circumstances after a tumultuous life of ... Leggi recensione completa

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an Introduction
3
Stormy Weather
21
Fathers Are Depressing
51
Copyright

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Informazioni sull'autore (2000)

Joan Schenkar, the author of the highly acclaimed biography The Talented Miss Highsmith, lives in Paris and Greenwich Village.

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