The Portable Dorothy Parker
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The Portable Dorothy Parker

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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. In this new twenty-first-century edition, devoted admirers will be sure to find their favorite 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. At the heart of her serious work lie her political writings dealing with race, labor, and international politics. "A Dorothy Parker Sampler" blends the sublime and the silly with the terrifying, a sort of tasting menu of verse, stories, essays, political journalism, a speech on writing, plus a catchy off-the-cuff rhyme she never thought to write down. The introduction of two new sections is intended to provide the richest possible sense of Parker herself. "Self-Portrait" reprints an interview she did in 1956 with The Paris Review, part of a famed ongoing series of conversations ("Writers at Work") conducted with the best of twentieth-century writers. "Letters: 1905-1962," which might be subtitled "Mrs. Parker Completely Uncensored," presents correspondence written over the period of a half century, beginning in 1905 when twelve-year-old Dottie wrote her father during a summer vacation on Long Island, and concluding with a 1962 missive from Hollywood describing her fondness for Marilyn Monroe. Features an introduction by Marion Meade and cover illustrations by renowned graphic artist Seth, creator of the comic series Palooka-ville For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.8 x 45.7mm | 793.8g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0143039539
  • 9780143039532
  • 143,200

About Dorothy Parker

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. Marion Meade is the author of Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? and Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties. She has also written biographies of Woody Allen, Buster Keaton, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Victoria Woodhull, and Madame Blavatsky, as well as two novels about medieval France. 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.show more

Table of contents

The Portable Dorothy ParkerIntroduction Suggestions for Further Reading Part One: The Original Portable as Arranged by Dorothy Parker in1944 The Lovely Leave Arrangement in Black and White The Sexes The Standard of Living Mr. Durant The Waltz The Wonderful Old Gentleman Song of the Shirt, 1941 Enough Rope (Poems) A Telephone Call Here We Are Dusk before Fireworks You Were Perfectly Fine Mrs. Hofstadter on Josephine Street Soldiers of the Republic Too Bad The Last Tea Big Blonde Sunset Gun (Poems) Just A Little One Lady with a Lamp The Little Hours Horsie Glory in the Daytime New York to Detroit Death and Taxes (Poems) The Custard Heart From the Diary of a New York Lady Cousin Larry Little Curtis Sentiment Clothe the Naked War Song (Poem) Part Two: Other Writings Such a Pretty Little Picture, Smart Set, December 1922 Advice to the Little Peyton Girl, Harper's Bazaar, February 1933 The Game, Cosmopolitan, December 1948 The Banquet of Crow, The New Yorker, December 14, 1957 The Bolt Behind the Blue, Esquire, December 1958 Interior Desecration, Vogue, April 15, 1917 Week's End, (New York) Life, July 21, 1927 My Home Town, McCall's, January 1928 Not Enough, New Masses, March 14, 1939 Destructive Decoration, House and Garden, November 1942 From Vanity Fair, 1918-1919 Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde Redemption by Leo Tolstoi Dear Brutus by J. M. Barrie From Ainslee's (In Broadway Playhouses), 1921 The Emperor Jones by Eugene O'Neill Ziegfeld Follies of 1921 From The New Yorker (Substituting for Robert Benchley), 1931 The Barretts of Wimpole Street by Rudolf Besier Give Me Yesterday by A. A. Milne The Admirable Crichton by J. M. Barrie From The New Yorker (Constant Reader), 1927-1931 The President's Daughter by Nan Britton Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway Happiness by William Lyon Phelps A President Is Born by Fannie Hurst; Claire Ambler by Booth Tarkington Literary Rotarians Appendicitis by Thew Wright, M.D.; Art of the Night by George Jean Nathan The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne Round Up by Ring Lardner Forty Thousand Sublime and Beautiful Thoughts, compiled by Charles Noel Douglas The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett Dawn by Theodore Dreiser The Grandmother of the Aunt of the Gardener From The New York Times Book Review, 1957 The Road to Miltown, Or Under the Spreading Atrophy by S. J. Perelman From Esqure, 1958-1959 The American Earthquake by Edmund Wilson; The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac; Ice Palace by Edna Ferber Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote; The Poorhouse Fair by John Updike The Years With Ross by James Thurber Part Three: A Dorothy Parker Sampler Any Porch, Vanity Fair, September 15, 1915 Sorry, the Line Is Busy, Life, April 21, 1921 In the Throes, (New York) Life, September 16, 1924 For R.C.B., The New Yorker, January 7, 1928 Untitled Birthday Lament, c. 1927 The Garter, The New Yorker, September 8, 1928 Sophisticated Poetry—and the Hell With It, New Masses, June 27, 1939 Introduction: The Seal in the Bedroom and Other Predicaments, by James Thurber, 1932 The Function of the Writer, Address, Esquire Magazine Symposium, October 1958 (extract) New York at 6:30 P.M., Esquire, November 1964 Self-Portrait from The Paris Review, "Writers at Work," 1956 Letters 1905-1962 To Henry Rothschild, 1905 To Henry Rothschild, 1905 To Harold Ross, 1927 To Harold Ross, no date To Seward Collins, 1927 To Helen Rothschild Droste, 1929 To Robert Charles Benchley, 1929 To Sara and Gerald Murphy, 1934 To F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1934 To Alexander Woolcott, 1935 To Harold Guinzburg, 1935 To Helen Rothschild Grimwood, c. 1939 To Malcolm Cowley, 1958 To Morton Zabel, 1958 To John Patrick, 1962 Indexshow more

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