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Staff Pick

There will never be another author like Dorothy Parker. She had a style of writing all her own, and this book is a perfect introduction to her work. Complete Stories does a great job of showing Parker at her best — it shows her range and her depth, her ability to comment on issues that were considered unmentionable at the time (such as suicide, alcoholism, child abuse, abortion, infidelity), and her distaste for the artificial and the egotistical. If you are a big fan of dry humor, as I am, then you will find this book to be worth its weight in gold.
Recommended by Gary, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

As this complete collection of her short stories demonstrates, Dorothy Parkers talents extended far beyond brash one-liners and clever rhymes. Her stories not only bring to life the urban milieu that was her bailiwick but lay bare the uncertainties and disappointments of ordinary people living ordinary lives.

Review:

"Parker's entire corpus of stories has never been collected in a single volume.... [T]he whole volume is an unsettling portrait of the era." Library Journal

Review:

"Parker has been subjected to an inordinate amount of disrespectful criticism... [W]hat was extraordinary about Parker was her art and her wit, not her much maligned personal life." Booklist

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. xxi-xxii).

About the Author

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) was a critic, short story writer, and poet who wrote for the New Yorker for nearly thirty years.

Colleen Breese teaches in the English department at the University of Toledo.

Regina Barreca is the author of numerous books and a professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Complete Stories Introduction

Suggestions for Further Reading

Chronology

A Note on the Text

Stories

Such a Pretty Little Picture

Too Bad

Mr. Durant

A Certain Lady

The Wonderful Old Gentleman

Dialogue at Three in the Morning

The Last Tea

Oh! He's Charming!

Travelogue

Little Curtis

The Sexes

Arrangement in Black and White

A Telephone Call

A Terrible Day Tomorrow

Just a Little One

The Mantle of Whistler

The Garter

New York to Detroit

Big Blonde

You Were Perfectly Fine

The Cradle of Civilization

But the One on the Right

Here We Are

Lady with a Lamp

Dusk Before Fireworks

A Young Woman in Green Lace

Horsie

Advice to the Little Peyton Girl

From the Diary of a New York Lady

Sentiment

Mrs. Carrington and Mrs. Crane

The Little Hours

The Waltz

The Road Home

Glory in the Daytime

Cousin Larry

Mrs. Hofstadter on Josephine Street

Clothe the Naked

Soldiers of the Republic

The Custard Heart

Song of the Shirt, 1941

The Standard of Living

The Lovely Leave

The Game

I Live on Your Visits

Lolita

The Banquet of Crow

The Bolt Behind the Blue

Sketches

Our Tuesday Club

As the Spirit Moves

A Dinner Party Anthology

A Summer Hotel Anthology

An Apartment House Anthology

Men I'm Not Married To

Welcome Home

Our Own Crowd

Professional Youth

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142437216
Editor:
Parker, Dorothy
Introduction:
Barreca, Regina
Editor:
Breese, Colleen
Editor:
Bresse, Colleen
Author:
Bresse, Colleen
Author:
Bresse, Mikki
Author:
Parker, Dorothy
Author:
Barreca, Regina
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
2001-10
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
7.76x5.06x.85 in. .74 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 480 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142437216 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

There will never be another author like Dorothy Parker. She had a style of writing all her own, and this book is a perfect introduction to her work. Complete Stories does a great job of showing Parker at her best — it shows her range and her depth, her ability to comment on issues that were considered unmentionable at the time (such as suicide, alcoholism, child abuse, abortion, infidelity), and her distaste for the artificial and the egotistical. If you are a big fan of dry humor, as I am, then you will find this book to be worth its weight in gold.

"Review" by , "Parker's entire corpus of stories has never been collected in a single volume.... [T]he whole volume is an unsettling portrait of the era."
"Review" by , "Parker has been subjected to an inordinate amount of disrespectful criticism... [W]hat was extraordinary about Parker was her art and her wit, not her much maligned personal life."
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. xxi-xxii).
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