The Portable Dorothy Parker

The Portable Dorothy Parker

Paperback - 2006
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The second revision in sixty years, this sublime collection ranges over the verse, stories, essays, and journalism of one of the twentieth century's most quotable authors. For this new twenty-first-century edition, devoted admirers can be sure to find their favourite verse and stories. But a variety of fresh material has also been added to create a fuller, more authentic picture of her life's work. There are some stories new to the Portable, 'Such a Pretty Little Picture,' along with a selection of articles written for such disparate publications as Vogue, McCall's, House and Garden, and New Masses . Two of these pieces concern home decorating, a subject not usually associated with Mrs Parker.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006.
Edition: 2nd rev. ed.
ISBN: 9780143039532
Branch Call Number: 818.5209
Characteristics: xxviii, 626 p. ; 22 cm.


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Dec 31, 2013

"That bird only sings when she's unhappy."-Alexander Woollcott
Dorothy Parker the person--witty, irreverent, drinky--is probably better known than Dorothy Parker the writer, except for that stupid line about girls with glasses (totally untrue in Portland, btw). This anthology is really the place to start and likely the only Parker you'll need, bringing together short stories, poems, letters, essays and criticism. It's actually her critical pieces (on writers like Hemingway, Hammett and Dreiser) that I think are the strongest and hold up the best. She famously trashed "House on Pooh Corner." There's also a revealing interview with "The Paris View" that offers another, less wise-cracking side of her. Sadly, she died in relative obscurity and poverty and her ashes were unclaimed for years. She did leave her estate, such as it was, to MLK.


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