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La Seine and Its Bridges, Paris: 28 reviews and 40 photos

Dolly Wilde's place
1 rue Gît-le-C?ur
(close to the Left Bank of the Seine)

A close friend of Natalie Barney's and the flamboyant & unusual niece of Oscar Wilde (gee, wonder where those characteristics came from!), Dolly had quite the reputation in the '30s while living in Paris. She also looked remarkably like her uncle.

Website below provides link to a biography about her called Truly Wilde: The Unsettling Story of Dolly Wilde.

This was also the residence of Gilbert Seldes, a close friend of e. e. cummings, the poet, and he was the managing editor of The Dial. Seldes called this building Chez Murphy because of its proximity to Gerald & Sara Murphy's apartment (just around the corner).

I read about both of these expatriates in Expatriate Paris: A Cultural & Literary Guide to Paris of the 1920's by Arlen Hansen, a fabulous compendium of Paris stories.

Website: http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?show=Hardcover:Used:0465087728:24.95

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  • Updated Sep 3, 2005
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