The portable Dorothy Parker

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Penguin Books, 1976 - Fiction - 610 pages
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One of the most quotable of twentieth-century authors, Dorothy Parker has attained a wide-ranging and enthusiastic following. This revised and enlarged edition, with an introduction by Brendan Gill, comprises the original 1944 Portable, as selected and arranged by Dorothy Parker herself and including all her most celebrated poems and stories, along with a selection of her later stories, play reviews, articles, book reviews from Esquire, and the complete Constant Reader, her collected New Yorker book reviews."To say that Mrs. Parker writes well is as fatuous, I am afraid, as proclaiming that Cellini was clever with his hands. ... Mrs. Parker has an eye for people, an ear for language, and a feeling for the lithe things of life that are so immense a part of the process of living." - Ogden Nash"She has put into what she has written a voice, a state of mind, an era, a few moments of human experience that nobody else has conveyed." - Edmund Wilson

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Always uplifting to read any of Ms Parker's prose. - Goodreads
An easy introduction to Dorothy Parker. - Goodreads
She's a pretty good writer too. - Goodreads
wit, 10. insight, 7.1 - Goodreads
A good writer and a fascinating person. - Goodreads
The prose and the criticism are the high points. - Goodreads
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I love this book.Its your mother its your best friend its your soulmate and its everything you hope it to be.

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Dorothy, you sound much more interesting than your writing. Read full review


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About the author (1976)

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) wrote at various times in her life for "Vogue, Vanity Fair," and the "New Yorker" and was a key member of the famed New York literary circle, the Algonquin Round Table.

Marion Meade is the author of "Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?" as well as biographies of Woody Allen, Buster Keaton, and Madame Blavatsky.

Seth is an illustrator whose work has been featured in such publications as the "Washington Post, Details, Spin," and the "New York Times," He is best known for his continuing comic-book series "Palooka-Ville,

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