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, geb. 1893 als Dorothy Rothschild in West End, New Jersey, war Korrespondentin im Spanischen Bürgerkrieg und arbeitete als Theater- und Literaturkritikerin u.a. für Vanity Fair, Esquire und den New Yorker. Daneben schrieb sie zahlreiche Gedichte, Kurzgeschichten, Theaterstücke und Drehbücher. Am 7. Juni 1967 starb Dorothy Parker in New York an den Folgen eines Herzinfarkts. Ihr Leben wurde von Robert Altman verfilmt (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table).