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The Portable Dorothy Parker

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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.

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.


Einband Taschenbuch
Herausgeber Marion Meade
Seitenzahl 656
Erscheinungsdatum 01.07.2006
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-303953-2
Reihe Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
Verlag Penguin LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 21.3/14.3/4.5 cm
Gewicht 700 g
Auflage 2nd revised edition
Illustrator Seth
Verkaufsrang 10232


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  • 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


    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


    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

    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

    Ainslee's (In Broadway Playhouses), 1921

    The Emperor Jones by Eugene O'Neill

    Ziegfeld Follies of 1921

    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

    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

    The New York Times Book Review, 1957

    The Road to Miltown, Or Under the Spreading Atrophy by S. J. Perelman

    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

    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