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Not much fun : the lost poems of Dorothy Parker

Author: Dorothy Parker; Stuart Y Silverstein
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©1996.
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Dorothy Parker wrote more than three hundred poems and verses for a variety of popular magazines and newspapers during the early years of her literary career. She collected most of these pieces in three volumes of poetry, Enough Rope, Sunset Gun and Death and Taxes. It is the remaining poems and verses, the ones that she failed to collect and whose very existence has been unknown to most of the general public for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967.
Not much fun.
New York : Scribner, ©1996
(OCoLC)605166761
Named Person: Dorothy Parker; Anthologie
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy Parker; Stuart Y Silverstein
ISBN: 0684818558 9780684818559
OCLC Number: 34515047
Description: 256 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The Bridge Fiend --
Any Porch --
The Gunman and the Debutante --
The Lady in Back --
Oh, Look --
I Can Do It, Too --
Letter to Robert Benchley --
Our Own Home Talent --
With Best Wishes --
Invictus --
A Musical Comedy Thought --
Song of the Open Country --
The Passionate Freudian to His Love --
Love Song --
Idyl --
Absence --
To My Dog --
Lyric --
Fulfilment --
Song for the First of the Month --
Lynn Fontanne --
To Marjorie Rambeau --
Christmas, 1921 --
Marilyn Miller --
Fragment --
Figures in Popular Literature --
The Sheik --
The Flapper --
The Drab Heroine --
The Western Hero --
The Glad Girl --
The Boy Savant --
The Great Lover --
Chantey --
Moral Tales for the Young [1] --
Life's Valentines --
Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles --
Mr. David Wark Griffith --
David Belasco --
Calvin Coolidge --
Dr. Frank Crane --
Avery Hopwood --
Florenz Ziegfeld --
John Wanamaker --
The Far-Sighted Muse --
Paging Saint Patrick --
Mood --
Triolets --
To Myrtilla, on Easter Day --
Poem in the American Manner --
Fantasy --
Moral Tales for the Young [2] --
Thoughts --
Men I'm Not Married To --
Woodland Song --
Rondeau [1] --
Rosemary [1] --
Day-Dreams --
Song [1] --
Grandfather Said It --
Monody --
Somewhat Delayed Spring Song --
Sonnet [1] --
To a Lady --
Memories --
Promise --
Rondeau [2] --
Song of the Conventions --
Song [2] --
Ballade of Understandable Ambitions --
"How Bold It Is" --
Song of a Contented Heart --
Song of the Wilderness --
Triolet [1] --
Wanderlust --
A Triolet --
Paean --
Song [3] --
And Oblige --
Triolet [2] --
Ballade of a Not Insupportable Loss --
Song of a Hopeful Heart --
Song [4] --
Song for an April Dusk --
Rosemary [2] --
Ballade of a Complete Flop --
Folk Song --
Balto --
Cassandra Drops into Verse --
Meeting-Place --
Song of Americans Resident in France --
Rhyme of an Involuntary Violet --
The Temptress --
To Elspeth --
When We Were Very Sore --
The Accursed --
Chris-Cross --
Grande Passion --
Excursion Into Assonance --
And Return --
Song of Social Life in Hollywood --
Sonnet [2] --
Letter to Ogden Nash --
After Dawn --
Song in the Worst Possible Taste --
Our Cousins --
The Passionate Screen Writer to His Love --
Threat to a Fickle Lady --
Women --
Men --
Actresses --
Relatives --
Slackers --
Bohemians --
Our Office --
Actors --
Bores --
The Drama --
Parties --
Movies --
Books --
The Younger Set --
Summer Resorts --
Wives --
Husbands --
College Boys.
Responsibility: compiled and with an introduction by Stuart Y. Silverstein.

Abstract:

Dorothy Parker wrote more than three hundred poems and verses for a variety of popular magazines and newspapers during the early years of her literary career. She collected most of these pieces in three volumes of poetry, Enough Rope, Sunset Gun and Death and Taxes. It is the remaining poems and verses, the ones that she failed to collect and whose very existence has been unknown to most of the general public for more than half a century, that comprise this volume. Eclectic and exuberant, the 122 forgotten poems and verses display the raw talent and dexterity of America's most renowned cynic. Some are topical, providing gimlet-eyed commentary on urban life from the First World War through the mid-twenties. With incomparable wit, Parker dissects contemporary fads and, in the raucous "Hate Verses," gleefully maligns most facets of humanity and popular culture, from husbands and wives to bohemians, slackers, summer resorts and movies. Some of the pieces are rare examples of Parker's experimentation with structured poetic forms. Others are more personal, celebrating her love of animals or scrutinizing the perils of passion. Notoriously - and irrationally - critical of her own work, Parker chose not to include this poetry in her previous collections. Nonetheless, many of the lost poems compare with her best, and nearly all display the distinctive wit, irony and precision that continue to attract succeeding generations of readers. In an authoritative and immensely entertaining introduction, Stuart Y. Silverstein recounts Parker's celebrated career.

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