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Jean Nathan on Dare Wright

Charles Ruas asks all the right questions of Jean Nathan, a journalist who began a quest to find a children's book she loved as a child; she ended up locating not only the book, The Lonely Doll, but also its author, Dare Wright, who was by that point lying comatose in a hospital. In The Secret Life of The Lonely Doll: the Search for Dare Wright, Nathan discovers the complex life of a talented woman who was treated by her portraitist mother as a doll-like child and grew up to become a fashion model, an actress and an artist who photographed her own doll, Edith, as the principal character in the poignant narrative that veils and reflects her own shattered childhood. Nathan has previously written for The New Yorker, The New York Observer, The New York Times and Vogue, among other publications.


Conversations with Writers


Host Charles Ruas in conversation with contemporary writers and poets, continuing a stream of intelligent discussion dating back to his legendary days at WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York in the seventies. Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. His writing has frequently appeared in both ARTNews and Art in America. His other Clocktower-produced program is Historic Audio From the Archives of Charles Ruas and is one of the most brilliant and extensive collections of historic audio in our archive.