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Description - Truly Wilde by Joan Schenkar

The story of Oscar's flamboyant niece, Dolly Wilde (1895-1941) and the notorious literary salon in Paris that she and Natalie Barney established in the 1920s. The Academie des Femmes was a sort of literary circle comprising at one time or another Colette, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Djuna Barnes, Mina Loy and Romaine Brooks. It was often visited by men too - T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Jean Cocteau. At the heart of the salon - and this story - is the passionate love affair between Dolly and Natalie. Dolly was, like her famous uncle, a witty degenerate, brilliant and literary. In Paris, she cross-dressed as her uncle. HG Wells called her a "feminine Wilde", Radclyffe Hall's lover called her "much the better man".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860495571
ISBN-10: 1860495575
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Joan Schenkar

Joan Schenkar has been called America's most original female contemporary playwright'. Her works are produced, taught, read and reviewed across North America and Western Europe. She is the recipient of more than 40 grants, honours and awards. This is her first book.

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