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The Portable Dorothy Parker: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
     

The Portable Dorothy Parker: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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by Dorothy Parker, Marion Meade (Introduction), Seth (Illustrator)
 

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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

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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. 

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:
128,824
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.73(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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.

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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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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