The Portable Dorothy Parker: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

The Portable Dorothy Parker: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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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.

For this new twenty-first-century edition, devoted admirers can be sure to find their favorite verse and stories. But a variety of fresh material has also been added to create a fuller, more

Overview

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.

For this new twenty-first-century edition, devoted admirers can 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. There are some stories new to the Portable, "Such a Pretty Little Picture," along with a selection of articles written for such disparate publications as Vogue, McCall's, House and Garden, and New Masses. Two of these pieces concern home decorating, a subject not usually associated with Mrs. Parker. At the heart of her serious work lies her political writings-racial, labor, international-and so "Soldiers of the Republic" is joined by reprints of "Not Enough" and "Sophisticated Poetry-And the Hell With It," both of which first appeared in New Masses. "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") that the literary journal conducted with the best of twentieth-century writers. What makes the interviews so interesting is that they were permitted to edit their transcripts before publication, resulting in miniature autobiographies.

"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.

  • A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with French flaps, rough front, and luxurious packaging

  • Features an introduction from Marion Meade and cover illustrations by renowned graphic artist Seth, creator of the comic series Palooka-ville

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The great Parker gets the red-carpet treatment as her "Portable" is bumped up to a "Deluxe Edition" (go, Dottie!). The text includes her short fiction, poems, book and theater reviews, letters, and more. A wonderful extra is the quickie biography in simple drawings adorning the front and rear inside cover flaps. Though probably better known today for her one-liners, Parker should be taken seriously as one of the great writers, female or otherwise. This beautifully executed edition does her justice. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143039532
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition Series
Edition description:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
Pages:
656
Sales rank:
145,534
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Dorothy Parker (1893—1967) wrote at various times in her life for Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker and was a key member of the famed New York literary circle, the Algonquin Round Table.

Marion Meade is the author of Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? as well as biographies of Woody Allen, Buster Keaton, and Madame Blavatsky.

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.

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Portable Dorothy Parker 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dorothy Parker is possibly the wittiest and most honest female author that I have ever read. Her realistic short stories and hilarious poems are also eloquently written. Some of my favorites out of the book are "Resume", "The Lovely Leave", and "Big Blonde". A read you will read again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She is amazingly brilliant writing style andhumorous wit.
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antipixie_karee More than 1 year ago
Keep in mind, it's a collection. It's not a novel. It's great for conversation starters at parties...to read a funny short story or a couple of Ms. Parker's famous witticisms. I would never suggest reading this book from cover-to-cover; but it is perfect for a light, intelligent, and entertaining "in-between" read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting insight into Dorothy Parker. This book is alive with her prose, poetry, and sharp wit. It gives one an idea of what it was like to be a woman in a man's literary world in the early 1900's.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Dorothy Parker's writing is timeless. I've read her works over and over for years and she has a permanent place in my collection. A timeless voice, wit and a boldness that made her name in her day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book highlights the brilliant Dorthy Parker in all aspects of her life, and her many talents as a woman writer. Add water and you've got yourself Dorthy Parker.. hence, the Portable Dorthy Parker!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dorothy Parkers Brilliantly imaginitive pessimistic, intelligent style creates an intensly rich book including wonderful and interesting prose and short stories. Because of her highly sincere and amusing topics she is one of my favorite writers. some of my personal favorites are Big Blonde, frustration, and res