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Book Title: The Best of Dorothy Parker|
The author of the book: Dorothy Parker
ISBN 13: 9780715627051
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 591 KB
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Reader ratings: 6.5
Edition: Gerald Duckworth & Company
Date of issue: July 1st 2013
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After coming across bits of Dorothy Parker's work over the years - a poem here, a little story there - I wanted to get a better overview of her whole deal. This book provides that. Turns out, though, I enjoy her witty, bitter work better in brief. The book is made up of a few poems and then a short story and then a few more poems and then another story, rinse, repeat. Pretty much everything in here is quick and funny and scathing, and Parker is brilliant at capturing human foibles and reflecting them back in a sharper light. It doesn't take long to ~get it~, though, and the recurring themes and characters turned a little sour and repetitious when taken as a whole. I'd rather appreciate a small dose of Parker's wit found in the wild. Maybe that's why everything she wrote was short and snappy - a book full of it is too bitter for most palates.
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Dorothy Parker was an American writer and poet best known for her caustic wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Following the breakup of the circle, Parker traveled to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting. Her successes there, including two Academy Award nominations, were curtailed as her involvement in left-wing politics led to a place on the Hollywood blacklist.
Dismissive of her own talents, she deplored her reputation as a "wisecracker." Nevertheless, her literary output and reputation for her sharp wit have endured.
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