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The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright by Jean Nathan
The Lonely Doll was a bestselling children's book written by Dare Wright in 1957, but instead of drawings, it had photographs of a doll named Edith who lived alone in Manhattan. Her only two companions were two stuffed toy bears, and her provocative interactions with them raised eyebrows back in its day. Author Jean Nathan went in search of a copy of the book to explain her own haunted memories of its cover, and ended up exploring Dare Wright's life and how its details affected her writing and photographs in The Lonely Doll. Dare Wright was raised by a dominating mother, so much that even into their adult years, they lives remained inextricably twined. The loss of her father and brother left Dare Wright with fears of abandonment which played out in her doll's story. In exploring Dare Wright's story, Jean Nathan discovered secrets about her own. The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll has received positive reviews with the San Francisco Chronicle saying, "Readers of this dark and haunting biography will never be able to look at the The Lonely Doll books, or their author, in quite the same way again."