The Portable Dorothy Parker

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Penguin Books, 1976 - Literary Collections - 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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The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker (Penguin Books 1976)(818.52). This is a collection of stories, poems, and verse from the Queen of the Algonquin Round Table Dorothy Parker, who also ... Read full review

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The Lovely Leave
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Arrangement in Black and White
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The Sexes
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Copyright

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About the author (1976)

Poet and short story writer Dorothy Parker was born in New Jersey on August 22, 1893. When she was 5, her mother died and her father, a clothes salesman, remarried. Parker had a great antipathy toward her stepmother and refused to speak to her. She attended parochial school and Miss Dana's school in Morristown, New Jersey, for a brief time before dropping out at age 14. A voracious reader, she decided to pursue a career in literature. She began her career by writing verse as well as captions for a fashion magazine. During the years of her greatest fame, Dorothy Parker was known primarily as a writer of light verse, an essential member of the Algonquin Round Table, and a caustic and witty critic of literature and society. She is remembered now as an almost legendary figure of the 1920s and 1930s. Her reviews and staff contributions to three of the most sophisticated magazines of this century, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and Esquire, were notable for their put-downs. For all her highbrow wit, however, Dorothy Parker was liberal, even radical, in her political views, and the hard veneer of brittle toughness that she showed to the world was often a shield for frustrated idealism and soft sensibilities. The best of her fiction is marked by a balance of ironic detachment and sympathetic compassion, as in "Big Blonde," which won the O. Henry Award for 1929 and is still her best-remembered and most frequently anthologized story. The best of Dorothy Parker is readily and compactly accessible in The Portable Dorothy Parker. Her own selection of stories and verse for the original edition of that compilation, published in 1944, remains intact in the revised edition, but included also are additional stories, reviews, and articles. Parker died of a heart attack at the age of 73 in 1967. In her will, she bequeathed her estate to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. foundation. Following King's death, her estate was passed on to the NAACP.

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