The Poetry And Short Stories Of Dorothy Parker

The Poetry And Short Stories Of Dorothy Parker

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A collection of stories and poems by the noted American humorist.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1994.
Edition: 1994 Modern Library ed.
ISBN: 9780679601326
0679601325
Characteristics: viii, 457 p. ;,20 cm.

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hope10
Aug 08, 2017

I thought there wasn't enough of Dorothy Parker’s legendary wit in this collection of poetry and stories. The style and language of the stories feel dated. Many of them are told mostly through expository dialogue, where people often say the opposite of what they mean. Indeed, the communication gap between men and women and the duplicity of men are running themes throughout the collection. Parker’s sympathy is for the average woman and there is often an underlying sadness about the restrictions imposed upon her in love and life. There is more to the collection than that, however, and I do not intend to suggest I didn't enjoy the book. There are a few very funny stories and poems here. My favourite was The Waltz, a story about a woman who feels compelled to accept a dance from a man she doesn’t want to dance with. The longer she dances, the more she resents him, and to read her thoughts as he keeps kicking her in the shin while she continues to appear outwardly agreeable is laugh out loud funny. Dorothy Parker at her best.

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Dec 13, 2015

In her later years, when writer Dorothy Parker was asked what it was that inevitably led up to her expulsion (as a teenage girl) from a fashionable, Catholic, convent school (which her strict step-mother had enrolled her in), her reply went like this - "I was fired from there, finally, for a lot of things, among them, my insistence that the Immaculate Conception was merely spontaneous combustion."

Born near Long Beach, New Jersey, in 1893 - As Dorothy Parker matured (throughout the 1920;s and 30's) in her profession as a gifted satirist, poet, and short-story writer she would, sure enough, become one of the most frequently quoted writers of her generation.

And when, in her later life, Dorothy Parker (who hobnobbed with the likes of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald) became a very vocal civil rights advocate, she would be promptly blacklisted by the FBI for her "suspected" involvement in Communism.

Anyway - If you enjoy lots of savage, dry wit and plenty of sharp-tongued prose, then this volume of Dorothy Parker's poetry and short stories (covering the years from 1926 to 1959) is sure to entertain you with its unique and special brand of humour.

*Note* - In 1967, at the age of 73, Dorothy Parker died of a heart attack.

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