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Truly Wilde: The Unsettling Story Of Dolly…

Truly Wilde: The Unsettling Story Of Dolly Wilde, Oscar's Unusual… (edition 2000)

by Joan Schenkar (Author)

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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.… (more)
Title:Truly Wilde: The Unsettling Story Of Dolly Wilde, Oscar's Unusual Niece
Authors:Joan Schenkar (Author)
Info:Basic Books (2000), 400 pages
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Tags:toberead, queer, history, biography, xx, british

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



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In Schenkar's unskilled hands, Dolly Wilde comes off as rather a bore, and that is the greatest injustice to her life. Her fabled ripostes die on the page. Perhaps it is a case of having to be there in order to appreciate the humor, but in this biography, Dolly is rarely witty, wild or Wildean.
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