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Friend of Dorothy Wilde is maintained by M. Selavy, your workaday nonprofit data monkey and book lover. She lives, loves, and reads in NYC and rooms with any number of cats and any number of books. 

Website maintenance assisted by H. Shore

Header Image by Emma Steinkellner

Photographed by Cecil Beaton

Photographed by Cecil Beaton

Dorothy (Dolly) Wilde was the flamboyant niece of Oscar Wilde, lover of Natalie Clifford Barney, and a sensitive, artistic soul who put all her genius into her living. You can read about her in the 2002 biography Truly Wilde: The Unsettling Story of Dolly Wilde, Oscar's Unusual Niece

"Friend of Dorothy" is slang dating back to the 1940s to let someone know that you were gay. Per Wikipedia, "The precise origin of the term is unknown. Some believe that it is derived from The Road To Oz (1909), a sequel to the original Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The book introduces readers to Polychrome who, upon meeting Dorothy's traveling companions, exclaims, "You have some queer friends, Dorothy", and she replies, "The queerness doesn't matter, so long as they're friends.""