Complete Stories

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Penguin Books, 1995 - Fiction - 447 pages
46 Reviews
'To say that Mrs. Parker writes well is as fatuous, I'm afraid, as proclaiming that Cellini was clever with his hands . . . The trick about her writing is the trick about Ring Lardner's writing or Ernest Hemingway's writing.† There is no trick.'
- Ogden Nash
Dorothy parker's quips and light verse have become part of the American literary landscape, but, as this collection of her complete short stories demonstrates, Parker's talents extended far beyond brash one-liners and clever rhymes.
This collection features Parker's best-known tales ('Big Blonde,' 'A Telephone Call,' and 'The Lovely Leave' among them), as well as thirteen stories never previously collected.† There is also a selection of sketches, including 'A Dinner Party Anthology' and 'Men I'm Not Married To,' in which Parker sardonically reflects on some familiar social and emotion realities.
Edited by COLLEEN BREESE
With an Introduction by REGINA BARRECA

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She is absolutely my favorite short story writer. - Goodreads
A selection: "Mrs Hough suffers from hallucinations. - Goodreads
The writing is delicious, the topics wicked and snarky. - Goodreads
Not in the quality of the writing, which is superb. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Rose Klix - Goodreads

I looked forward to reading this collection. However, instead of funny, I found Ms. Parker to be very caustic. Yes, her descriptions painted the upper class circumstances and environment surrounding ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

This is my first taste of Dorothy Parker. It's my opinion that she is the original hater; she is fantastic at crapping all over loathsome stereotypes by writing from their point of view. Or making them crap all over themselves. Something like that. I think I'm in love. Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Dorothy Parker was born in West End, New Jersey, in 1893 and grew up in New York, attending a Catholic convent school and Miss Dana's School in Morristown, New Jersey. In 1916 she sold some of her poetry to the editor of Vogue, and was subsequently given an editorial position on the magazine, writing captions for fashion photographs and drawings. She then became drama critic of Vanity Fair and the central figure of the celebrated Algonquin Round Table.

Famous for her spoken wit, she showed the same trenchant commentary in her book reviews for The New Yorker and Esquire and in her poems and sketches. Her collection of poems included Not So Deep as a Well and Enough Rope, which became a bestseller; and her collections of stories included Here Lies. She also collaborated with Elmer Rice on a play, Close Harmony and with Arnaud d'Usseau on the play the Ladies of the Corridor. She herself had two Broadway plays written about her and was portrayed as a character in a third. Her cynicism and the concentration of her judgements were famous and she has been closely associated with modern urbane humour.

Her first husband was Edwin Pond Parker II, and although they were divorced some years later, she continued to use his name, which she much preferred to her own of Rothschild. Her second husband was an actor-writer Alan Campbell. They went to Hollywood as a writing team and went through a tempestuous marriage until his death in 1963, when Dorothy Parker returned to New York. She died in 1967.

Regina Barreca is a professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut. She is the editor of seven books, including The Penguin Book of Women's Humor, and the author of four others. She writes frequently for the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Hartford Courant.

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