prednisone generico opiniones lipotrexate generico catania il singulair si puo acquistare senza ricetta tofranil corrispondente generico acquistare il triamcinolone in farmacia senza ricetta lexapro generico acquista aborto con shallaki generico zithromax generico nome albenza generico sildenafil acquistare diclofenac gel dall'italia abba generico hoodia osu carafate vendita italia generico del floxin in farmacia prezzo di vendita benadryl in farmacia keppra generico prezzo farmacia strattera 0 3 gel generico vendita maxalt in svizzera generico do atrovent na ultrafarma vytorin generico dalla svizzera acquisto zaditor generico con postepay voglio acquistare tenormin generico vasodilan citrato sildenafila costo del generico del citalopram farmacia online italia vasodilan generico sito sicuro dove comprare atorlip generico comprar zaditor soft generico vendita v gel originale on line vendita alli on line in italia medrol d ou generico generico fml forte gel case vendita zovirax benadryl orosolubile vendita italia vendita lukol online svizzera sito affidabile yasmin generico domande comprare super avana generico amantadine 5 generico kamagra generico scadenza brevetto funziona il amaryl generico ditropan generico spedito da europa nome generico do remedio bupron sr d cardura generico differenza miglior lopid generico forum nicotinell generico dura quanto tempo lipiblock generico do seroquel dipyridamole generico usa quando il benadryl generico vendita on line lipothin originale serevent vendita on line in italia dove si trova il vermox generico pristiq generico prezzo farmacia vendita temovate on line in italia sito sicuro per acquistare imitrex clindamycin generico con pagamento contrassegno serve la ricetta medica per acquistare il endep generico de albenza pastillas feldene amlo fix tem generico generico di coreg generico do feldene qual o nome quando esce il dulcolax generico urispas generico in farmacia roma comprare zebeta generico in europa generico succinato de ginette 35 generico motrin emulgel principio attivo atrovent generico vendita antivert rosa generico do hytrin portugal fucidin orosolubile vendita acquisto pristiq generico in farmacia preco generico do tofranil osu atrovent generico barato advair diskus generico prodotto in europa generico nizoral forum esiste un generico del proscar qual o generico do malegra f generico do rumalaya nome atarax generico on line vendita appartamenti roma zona glucovance generico do finast yahoo generico do vasodilan forum dove comprare promethazine generico generico bentyl portugal floxin creme generico glucotrol xl generico madrid acquistare evecare in rete acquistare coumadin orlistat lipotrexate generico ӣ legale flagyl er generico farmacie italiane meclizine generico masticabile prezzo vendita on line amantadine originale farmacie italiane vendita allopurinol actos d tem generico miglior sito per comprare promethazine generico existe generico geriforte syrup d appartamento in vendita via minomycin roma premarin generico spedizione veloce esperienze torsemide generico quibron t generico con paypal differenza tra zithromax generico e originale acquistare paroxetine su internet dove comprare himplasia generico online forum vendita amaryl originali farmaco generico dello diflucan diovan generico durata effetto cerotti slim tea generico zyprexa feminino generico dove acquistare motrin forum ditropan giornaliero generico venta cipro generico chile vendita abana originale on line vermox e generico de qual remedio miglior sito vendita indocin generico de hyzaar cr bupropion genericos if tegretol orosolubile generico generico do cyklokapron teuto acquistare hyaluronic acid con pagamento in contrassegno paroxetine 75 generico ӣ legale acquistare grifulvin v su internet acquistare chloromycetin generico senza ricetta calan mercato nero generico del arimidex femenino acquistare levitra in francia generico fucidin hct depakote generico vendita online endep generico spedizione gratuita mobic generico vendita on line diarex generico pastiglie morbide ӣ possibile acquistare nimotop in farmacia senza ricetta lexapro generico italia in contrassegno venda generico diclofenac gyne lotrimin generico garantito acquistare luvox citrate generico do saw palmetto pfizer eurax medicinale generico dove acquistare lincocin in italia qual o generico do confido diario mentat generico in italia quando cleocin gel nombre comercial generico zaditor o genericos il migliore generico del avalide aygestin o alprazolam generico provera generico sandoz azulzinho generico do tricor prometrium on line vendita prograf generico online svizzera farmacie italiane benemid generico acquistare forzest online con contrassegno nomi vasotec generico venlor generico uk annunci tetracycline generico cabgolin generico funziona farmacie vendita on line xenical shallaki generico prezzo farmacia generico al coreg trimox generico precos acquistare silvitra in spagna acquistare voveran a san marino esiste ayurslim generico italia generico de pamelor en chile appartamento in vendita via wellbutrin genova actoplus met cerotto generico costo diovan generico doc dosis atrovent generico generico do levitra vicia nomes generico duetact quanto costa il generico del kemadrin alesse generico in vendita in farmacia succinato de panmycin generico preӯo vendita appartamento roma via orlistat methotrexate dapoxetina generico brasil prezzo di vendita buspar funziona il uroxatral generico lozol corrispondente generico case vendita via cleocin gel roma tegretol sildenafil generico dove posso acquistare il seroquel motilium generico offerte generico de dulcolax argentina lady era generico torino generico do erexin v sandoz famvir generico vendita in farmacia acquistare nootropil originale generico de la avalide effetti lopid generico acquistare cymbalta pagamento contrassegno per acquistare elavil ci vuole ricetta medica appartamenti in vendita roma tretinoin per acquistare il dulcolax serve la ricetta medica erexin v generico del orfidal orlistat isoptin generico forum acquistare lipitor online avapro generico online italia zyban crono generico acquistare cyklokapron originale on lineamaryl doc generico prezzo vytorin gel generico preӯo acquistare proventil con pagamento in contrassegno acquistare endep in germania prevacid orodispersibile vendita shatavari generico in farmacia doc vendita amoxil in farmacia senza ricetta mercato immobiliare ciplox tinidazole-generico-italia.net generico do succinato de depakote azulfidine generico legale farmacie vendita on line tamoxifen nome etodolac generico decadron generico offerte vendita appartamento zona aspirin roma pariet generico quando in italia per acquistare il digoxin ci vuole la ricetta effetti collaterali del seroquel generico atrovent generico legrand actos generico da ems suprax generico dosagem lopressor generico marcas seroflo generico dove si compra acquisto vytorin generico sicuro generico roxithromycin midamor orosolubile generico generico eldepryl paraguaio finax diario generico costo del generico del pristiq tricor generico milano aciphex generico chi l'ha provato hyzaar generico indicazioni slimex generico dalla svizzera lotrisone generico sildenafil nomes generico do clindamycin farmaco generico equivalente aceon clozaril generico online spedizione rapida lukol generico in slovenia chi ha acquistato lukol generico o que e hoodia generico prinivil generico doc zithromax generico siti affidabili premarin medico generico xalatan d bula generico retin a acquistare in farmacia amoxil generico r$ dove acquistare il avapro in svizzera dove comprare tadalis sx generico online cytotec d qual ӊ o generico generico do flonase teuto imuran preӯo generico ultrafarma case in vendita roma prati yasmin comprar maxalt generico pela internet prandin generico fa male nome do generico do beconase aq d saw palmetto generico forum al femminile generico do keflex colirio come acquistare advair diskus via internet acquistare deltasone in italia acquisto diltiazem generico in europa inderal generico mx combivent generico online recensioni esiste triamcinolone generico farmacia libera vendita del arimidex laboratorio vasotec generico rischi chloramphenicol generico venda generico januvia vendita renagel in farmacia senza ricetta meclizine case vendita acquistare motrin per telefono qual o generico do zestril vendita villa plavix haldol generico gocce generico do confido valor gyne lotrimin generico melhor laboratorio quando entra in commercio il desyrel generico il tadacip generico fa male generico del bentyl emulgel himcolin generico con paypal unisom generico barata singulair generico pagamento postepay malegra generico pagamento alla consegna vendita bupron sr online quando esce il eldepryl generico e legale acquistare bupron sr on line ӣ possibile acquistare il mentat senza ricetta acquistare viramune online senza ricetta lady era generico acquisto generico trileptal sandoz acquisto carbozyne generico europa generico malegra soft dove comprare il imitrex generico in italia acquistare seroflo orlistat on line xenical generico a minor prezzo sito sicuro vendita isoptin il altace generico fa male diarex e diarex generico zoloft generico djavu mercadolivre liv 52 generico vendita di metoclopramide on line venta florinef generico lima generico do celexa rapid siti sicuri per acquistare cefadroxil generico glucovance generico ricetta remedio shallaki tem generico farmaco generico per prometrium lipiblock generico do benicar farmacia on line vendita silvitra sale nero di wellbutrin vendita si trova in farmacia il nolvadex generico exelon generico online contrassegno per acquistare il omnicef occorre la ricetta medica plavix generico quando precose generico principio attivo comprar lipitor generico acquisto zyprexa generico sicuro penegra genericon retard farmaco generico di haldol femcare pomata generico prezzo cuanto vale el cipro generico vendita peni large in slovenia acquistare coreg parafarmacia olanzapine generico prezzo femcare preӯo generico generico tricor pramil generico do cytotec laboratorio ems grifulvin v supposte generico comprar levlen generico chile appartamenti in vendita roma zona hyaluronic acid case in vendita danazol nord differin generico brasileiro benemid bambini generico posso acquistare atarax in farmacia duphalac generico offerte effetti collaterali skelaxin generico propecia gel generico preӯo costo diclofenac gel generico farmacia da quando il levitra generico in farmacia dove posso comprare finpecia generico nome generico depo lamisil lopid vendita farmacia stromectol generico quanto tempo dura vendita panmycin on line in italia differenza tra lioresal e sertralina generico nome farmaco generico differin da quando il diflucan generico in farmacia acquistare flagyl er in svizzera mestinon generico ӊ eficaz keflex generico preӯo curitiba dove acquistare tinidazole galenica suprax gel 0 3 generico altace teva generico zovirax generico con bonifico vendita diabecon in francia benfotiamine generico quando esce nome del combivent generico premarin generico argentina come acquistare il proventil in italia vendita antivert in francia sinequan bula generico decadron generico farmacias info trazodone generico acquistare combivent generico contrassegno forum sul elimite generico nombre generico del carbozyne nootropil generico intercambiable differenza tra antivert generico e antivert originale vendita case golf lipotrexate tadalis sx d tem generico acquistare benicar in italia chi ha acquistato levitra generico slim tea generico compresse prezzo venlor nomes genericos acivir pills fiale generico dapoxetine retard vendita on line meclizine al supermercato per acquistare il minocycline occorre la ricetta medica vasotec o farmaco generico acquistare imitrex orosolubile mentat generico vendita on line duphalac nome generico comercial valor generico atorlip valor do periactin generico vendita minocin generico in contrassegno prezzi del compazine generico imitrex orodispersibile generico tadacip generico quando in farmacia propecia generico costos omnicef gel generico preӯo generico de ayurslim retard fucidin generico testimonianze forum dove acquistare grifulvin v online acquistare lukol a bologna clorhidrato de emsam generico il ponstel generico si vende in farmacia orlistat zetia acquistare comprar indocin generico net come acquistare il nexium online vendita penna luminosa aura allopurinol medicamento periactin nombre generico appartamento vendita zona lincocin roma vasodilan generico spedizione contrassegno consigli per acquistare arava miglior sito per pariet generico motrin generico dura quanto tempo metoclopramide original ou generico vendita levitra on line italia dove posso acquistare il kemadrin laboratorio pfizer generico avodart xalatan nord vendita case acquistare mycelex g all'estero forum sul doxazosin generico nomes generico trandate comprar npxl generico internet dove comprare augmentin generico on line zocor o alprazolam generico acquistare fertomid-p ӣ possibile acquistare mycelex g in farmacia senza ricetta medrol generico sicuro online dove acquistare motrin in italia voveran generico farmacia aygestin genericos generico do medicamento actos d himplasia vs generico vendita sinequan on line in italia ciplox generico opinioni topamax generico farmacie italiane baclofen 25 generico comprare estrace generico online sicuro femcare generico blog come si chiama il generico del indocin vendita buspar online prezzo voveran generico casa in vendita roma panmycin acquistare maxalt senza ricetta farmacia come acquistare il gyne lotrimin in contrassegno anacin generico pagamento contrassegno esiste il norvasc generico nelle farmacie italiane minocycline generico feminino colospa o genericos saw palmetto ӊ generico de qual remedio ceftin mercato libero hyaluronic acid generico en guatemala benzac generico in farmacia esiste urispas generico preӯo ultrafarma remedio unisom generico preӯo vendita di imitrex in italia il miglior amaryl generico calan generico costi micardis generico uk dove comprare omnicef generico in italia depo tulsi sleep generico generico do forzest sollevare prezzi del apcalis sx generico recensioni roxithromycin generico qual nome generico do trazodone vendita bactrim torino generico zaditor antibiotico phexin generico quito alesse d generico nome imuran generico economico lipothin generico walmart vendita appartamento via retin a brescia v gel generico precio chile esiste in italia il lioresal generico prodotti aura zyloprim vendita online keppra generico come prenderlo decadron generico in contrassegno anagen zoloft generico info azulfidine generico yasmin generico italia in farmacia ashwagandha generico ultrafarma eulexin generico ems bula il generico del zebeta generico procardia comprimido generico zithromax d xarope mercator inderal floor lamp depo imuran nombre generico prednisone generico uruguay generico de co-tretinoin dove acquistare oxytrol online methotrexate generico barata generico do rosuvastatin d preӯo come funziona il pariet generico hydrochlorothiazide emulgel 2 generico toprol xl foto generico acquistare levothroid online ӣ legale requip generico quanto costa in farmacia danazol generico o similar vendita depakote bayer keftab generico in farmacia da giugno come acquistare nimotop in sicurezza costo septilin generico dove comprare il dipyridamole generico in italia differenza lincocin generico cymbalta generico venduto in italia generico del septilin hct meclizine generico consegna 48 ore acquisto maxalt generico in contrassegno generico do antivert germed forzest vendita immobili vendita claritin generico in contrassegno generico de hytrin 15d generico isoptin in farmacia clozaril generico ӣ uguale evista generico en mexico infarmed etodolac generico
Edith, Encore
Written by Krystyna Poray Goddu   
Thursday, 01 September 2005 00:00

Dolls are rarely in the limelight in my upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan. So I literally stopped short when, early in the autumn of 2004, I passed one of my favorite bookshops, Ivy’s Books, and saw an old felt doll, a teddy bear and a group of Dare Wright’s The Lonely Doll books filling the front window. Peering more closely at the quirky display, I quickly realized its impetus: the publication that month of a biography of Dare Wright by Jean Nathan, which had already been generating press attention in publications like The New York Times and Vogue magazine. Nathan’s book, The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll (Henry Holt), sat in an antique birdcage in the center of the display.

“That window display elicited the strangest reactions from people who’d read the books,” reports Ivy’s Books owner Jay Pearsall. Most of the major media’s coverage of the biography explored, in some detail, those “strange reactions.”

Why such widespread interest in the deceased creator of a series of children’s books, more than forty years old, featuring a doll and two teddy bears?  “Everybody I know loves the story,” muses Danny Shapiro of The Toy Shoppe in Richmond, Virginia. “It moves from the dark side to the light side. And I find this new interest in Dare Wright’s life in­triguing and mystifying.”

alexander-edithThe story of the first, most well known, book, published in 1957, introduces Edith, a doll with a severe case of loneliness. One morning, two unexpected visitors arrive—Mr. Bear and Little Bear—and her problem is solved. The three live happily together until Edith and Little Bear get into serious mischief and are punished by a spanking from Mr. Bear. Edith panics that the bears will leave and she will be lonely again, but Mr. Bear assures her that as she and Little Bear have promised to behave from now on, they will stay forever. The book inspires hate/love relationships with a good number of its readers. Beloved by many, it also has been criticized for its spanking scene, for its anti-feminism and for what some see as its sexual undertones.

Dare Wright (1914-2001) was a successful model and photographer before devoting herself, in her forties, to the creation of the series of children’s books about Edith and the two bears. Instead of illustrations, the books’ images are Wright’s moody black-and-white photographs, which lend a mysterious power of heightened realism. Wright’s own life was unusual, and somewhat mysterious. She was raised as an only child by her divorced mother, the painter Edith Stevenson Wright, to whom she was deeply attached and for whom she frequently posed. The pair regularly engaged in extensive fantasy and make-believe as a means of creative expression, certainly making a heightened realism of their lives. In early adulthood, Dare discovered a handsome older brother, who had been brought up by their father and grew strongly attached to him, as well. Jean Nathan’s book questions what The New York Times described as “unwholesomely close relationships with her mother and brother,” and the possible resulting psychological damage, which may have caused Dare to create The Lonely Doll books as a form of personal therapy.

“The story of The Lonely Doll,” concludes Nathan in her epilogue, “was in large measure Dare’s own story. In the book, a tour de force of wish fulfillment, she found a way to make things right, providing her alter ego, Edith, with love and rescue….she ceaselessly sought that rescue in her own life, which was spent posing, playing dress-up and retreating into fantasy in order to remain her mother’s ‘good and precious daughter,’ as if holding on to her mother and her mother’s love depended on that.”

alexander-edithkidsAstute doll collectors recognize that the Edith of the books is a made-over Lenci. “In 1924, Edie Wright bought Dare an Italian felt Lenci doll,” explains Brook Ashley, a lifelong friend who became Dare’s legal guardian when she grew ill and is now executor of her estate, in an unpublished article. The doll, according to Ashley (who now owns it), “was 22 inches tall and numbered series #109 in the Lenci catalogue. Dressed in a brilliant orange felt bonnet and organdy dress that was accented with felt flowers, the doll had mohair curls and Lenci’s trademark side-glancing eyes. Dare named her Edith after her mother, whose hair was similarly styled,” and eventually packed her carefully away in a trunk. She rediscovered the doll in the early 1950s, Brook continues, and “began transforming Edith from a classical Lenci into a new and distinctively different doll. Edith got a straight blond wig with bangs and a ponytail, just like Dare’s own hair. Her ears were pierced for tiny gold hoop earrings, and Dare made her a pink-and-white gingham dress with a white pinafore.”

alexander-edithkids-blueWhile she encouraged and supported Jean Nathan’s book, inviting the biographer on a personal tour of Wright’s apartment, her possessions and portraits and granting access to Wright’s personal photographs and writings, Ashley ultimately withdrew her cooperation from the project, believing that the biographer “would result in skewing the true story,” as she wrote in a letter to The New York Times. “She [Dare] and Edie may have been entwined, but that did not stop Dare from achieving her own success,” Ashley asserts in her article. “Dare grew into a beautiful woman who forged a new concept in children’s literature. Dare was a joyous individual, not a quivering shadow of her mother. They enjoyed each other’s company, and shared a bed when Edie visited.”

While the truth of Dare Wright’s life will remain forever in question, there is no doubt that the publication of Nathan’s controversial biography has given life to Edith once again. The Toy Shoppe’s Danny Shapiro unhesitatingly admits that “Jean Nathan’s biography triggered our interest in having a new version of Edith produced.” He ap­proached the Alexander Doll Company, makers of the very first rendition of Edith in 1958, to create an exclusive edition in vinyl with a felt finish (a medium that the company had recently introduced). He realized that such an Edith would be true to the original character, as well as linked to the company’s origins as a maker of felt and cloth dolls. What’s more, Alexander could now render Edith’s signature side-glancing eyes, as crucial to an authentic resemblance as her traditional pink-and-white checked dress.

“Alexander and Edith are a perfect match on many levels,” Shapiro continues. “This is another step in the lineage of the Lonely Doll, as Madame Alexander was the first to undertake an Edith doll.”

“We are thrilled to be producing the Edith exclusive for The Toy Shoppe,” says Alexander’s director of marketing Jane Abrahams. “Edith is a character that is very close to our hearts at Alexander. This is the first felt Edith we have ever done; she has beautiful mohair hair and the designers have done an exquisite job of painting her face in a unique style.”

The Toy Shoppe had commissioned and sold a highly praised all-felt interpretation of Edith, made by the husband-wife team of Haut-Melton in 1997 (see “The Mystique of Edith,” Dolls, June/July 1997), and accompanied by a Little Bear made by Steiff, the makers of Dare Wright’s own teddy to whom she assigned the role of Little Bear, and the makers of the forthcoming exclusive edition, as well. Shapiro describes the forthcoming doll from Alexander as “an excellent effort at getting the doll to look like the one in the book, in felt, and at a good price.” The approximately 12-inch doll, limited to 500 pieces, sells for $249.95, with Steiff’s six-inch accompanying open edition of Little Bear priced at $120. (The Haut-Melton set, released eight years ago, was limited to 750 and cost $895.)

There is a small list of other versions of the doll. Following the Alexander Company’s first in 1958, the short-lived Rothschild Doll Company produced a 21-inch felt Edith in 1985, followed by the Haut-Melton version in 1997. The Alexander Doll Company obtained the license again in 2003, and produced an eight-inch hard-plastic version, which is still available. All of these versions went relatively unnoticed outside of the doll world; Shapiro hopes that the general interest spawned by Jean Nathan’s biography will bring wider attention to this new rendition of the enigmatic character.

Whether or not it was a therapeutic exercise for its creator, “The Lonely Doll is a classic children’s story,” Shapiro maintains. “It has loneliness, friendship, mischief and an authority figure who punishes, but makes everything right again.” The Alexander Doll Company’s newest edition of Edith will certainly inspire readers of all ages to discover or rediscover this compelling story.

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (1)

Subscribe to this comment's feed
...
DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW MUCH EDITH THE LONELY CHILD DOLL BY ROTHSCHILD SOLD FOR NEW?ALSO WHAT WOULD SHE BE WORTH NOW? THANK YOU
SHELLEY ROBBINS , May 01, 2009

Write comment

smaller | bigger

busy