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

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

by Joan Schenkar

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465087723
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/01/2000
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.28(d)
Lexile: 1520L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

A Few of the Principal Playersxi
1Exits and Entrances1
1Atlantis Rising: an Introduction3
2Stormy Weather21
3Dead Again37
2Truly Wilde49
4Fathers Are Depressing51
3Social Studies75
5Madchen in Uniform77
6The Friends of Dorothy97
7Behaving in Public115
8Smart Society132
4The Knights of Natalie's Round Table149
9Natalie Clifford Barney151
10The Knights of Natalie's Round Table171
11Oscaria198
5Living up to Oscar215
12Living up to Oscar217
6Body of Evidence243
13La Main Heureuse245
14Dolly and the Doctors262
15Dolly's Addictions283
16Dolly in Bed307
7The Letters327
17Love Me: the Letters of Dolly Wilde329
8Afterword363
Afterword: Truly Wilde365
Notes and Sources370
Appendices
1Poulet Maryland394
2I Don't Remember Dolly Wilde396
3Dolly's Left Hand401
5The Lesbian in Louise Brooks's Life406
Acknowledgements412
Selected Bibliography415
Index423

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