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"Born a scant 3 months after her uncle Oscar's notorious arrest, raised in the shadow of the greatest scandal of the turn of the 20th century, Dolly Wilde attracted people of taste & 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, & died as she lived — repeating her uncle's history of excess, collapse, & ruin.

In this biography, Joan Schenkar has created both a captivating portrait of Dolly & 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."