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Gertz A beautiful actress and model turned fashion photographer, she, to all appearances an urban sophisticate, talked to the dolls she photographed for her personal pleasure, "Now, hold still; don't move; just stand there like that," in a child's sing-song voice.
She, in fact, talked to her dolls whenever surrounded by them, which was often. Dare Wright, cover girl, Cosmopolitan, Her favorite, Edith, the child amongst teddy bears, she had named after her overbearing mother.
She liked to imagine Edith as herself. Her father had left the family when she was a a little girl. She was separated from her beloved brother. Abandonment, fear of the adult world and punishment, sexual anxiety, and stifling domination by her mother kept her a child.
They slept together as adults. Edie, as her mother was known, was a respected society portrait painter, though society was confined to Cleveland, where they lived before arriving in Manhattan, attracting artists, the interesting, and those of means, sometimes, to their good fortune, all three.
They made quite a couple; Garbo, once a dinner guest, was charmed. Dare Wright was The Lonely Dollthe Essays about childrens books that brought her fame and the first in a series of children's books about Edith, the two bears who befriended her, and the juvenile psychodramas Wright placed them in, one great big happy family, the yearning of a woman-child working out her neuroses.
The books are, to a large degree, autobiographical exercises in wish-fulfillment. Dare Wright, in essence, photographed and published scenes from her fantasy life with her as the star, a little girl trapped in a world beyond her understanding and working through it with child-sense.
And young girls responded; the books became very popular. Through the child-eyes of Dare Wright and her readers, The Lonely Doll series reflects the world as they understand it.
To mature adults, they may seem a bit disturbing, with a strange, neo-gothic, somewhat creepy, perverse core; Dare Wright's life writ child-size. They are now very collectible. Dare Wright was drawn to photography after her career as an actress and model stalled.
Yet the photos possess a palpable eroticism that she seemed completely unaware of. They are all symbolic of something we can't always comprehend but vaguely sense. Sometimes the symbolism is obvious.
One of many spanking scenes in The Lonely Doll series It is inevitable that in almost each book of The Lonely Doll series little Edith gets spanked. In one, she's bound to a tree with rope and gagged.
There are times when you look at Wright's innocently conceived black and white tableaus in the books and see, at one and the same time, a sadist and masochist, the two roles as one in the subconscious of the author, id and ego in conflict with perfect propriety. In another self-portrait she stands completely nude on a beach, open, unabashed, proud, almost defiant.
Her mother sits on a towel in the far background. Dare holds something - a dead fish? It's a subconscious declaration of independence, anger, and disdain she could never acknowledge to herself, much less openly declare.
It is one of the strangest, saddest, most bizarre and just plain weird stories you will ever read. She makes Marilyn Monroe appear to be the sanest, most well-adjusted woman-child who ever lived. The Lonely Doll was re-issued in Dare Wright grew old, an alcoholic, was horrifically raped, mentally confused, and died alone, perhaps the inevitable fate of the inspiration and living template for The Lonely Doll.
Brook Ashley, executor to the Dare Wright estate, advises me that the spanking scenes do not occur in all of the books. This is certainly true and I likely conflated what I had seen in a handful in the past to the total.attheheels.com offers free public-domain books online for all to use.
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