When it comes to expressing the pleasure and pain of being just a touch too smart to be happy, Dorothy Parker is still the champion, after all these years. Along with Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott, and the rest of the Algonquin Round Table, she dominated American popular literature in the 1920s and 1930s.
This collection of more than thirty short stories and poems is essential for any Parker fan and an excellent way for new readers to make the acquaintance of one of the twentieth century's most quotable authors, whose memorable lines include: “She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B," "This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force," and "Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses."
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If you've never read any Dorothy Parker, you've missed a great deal of sharp observation, trenchant wit and a talent for the caustic one-liner that is rarely equaled. This is a nice collection of 30 or so pieces that provide a representative sampling of her work from The New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Life, and the host of other places that published her work. It includes her O. Henry Award-winning "The Big Blonde".The thing about her writing is that, while it's bitingly funny, it usually exposes an underlying sadness in people or society. A too steady diet of it leaves me a bit cheerless. Therefore, I suggest sipping from this, keeping in on the nightstand and mixing in a story or review with your other reading.