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The portable Dorothy Parker

Author: Dorothy Parker
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006.
Series: Penguin classics deluxe edition
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 2nd rev. edView all editions and formats

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Genre/Form: Noveller
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy Parker
ISBN: 9780143039532 0143039539
OCLC Number: 943216128
Notes: Originally published: 1944. With new introd.
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. 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. 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. "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.
Description: xxviii, 626 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Suggestions for Further Reading. Part One: The Original Portable as Arranged by Dorothy Parker in 1944: The Lovely Leave --
Arrangement in Black and White --
The Sexes --
The Standard of Living --
Mr. Durant --
The Waltz --
The Wonderful Old Gentleman --
Song of the Shirt, 1941 --
Enough Rope (Poems) --
A Telephone Call --
Here We Are --
Dusk before Fireworks --
You were Perfectly Fine --
Mrs. Hofstadter on Josephine Street --
Soldiers of the Republic --
Too Bad --
The Last Tea --
Big Blonde --
Sunset Gun (Poems) --
Just a Little One --
Lady with a Lamp --
The Little Hours --
Horsie --
Glory in the Daytime --
New York to Detroit --
Death and Taxes (Poems) --
The Custard Heart --
From the Diary of a New York Lady --
Cousin Larry --
Little Curtis --
Sentiment --
Clothe the Naked --
War Song (Poem).
Series Title: Penguin classics deluxe edition
Responsibility: Dorothy Parker ; with an introduction by Marion Meade.
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