Selected Readings From the Portable Dorothy Parker

Selected Readings From the Portable Dorothy Parker

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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."
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, 2007.
ISBN: 9781433283369
1433283360
Summary: 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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susanchyn
Jun 30, 2015

Dorothy Parker's poetry and short prose pieces have been on my "to read" list for a while.

The introduction by Marion Meade is fabulous.

The poems and stories are more valuable as social and cultural history than as works of literature.

Even though Parker tends to say the same thing over and over again ad nauseam, I'm glad I persevered to the end. The best stories and monologues (there are about 3 or 4 good ones) are found mid-way through the volume.

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