The Portable Dorothy Parker

The Portable Dorothy Parker

Book - 1973
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Publisher: New York : Viking Press, 1973
ISBN: 9780670540167
Branch Call Number: 818.5/PAR


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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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