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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.

For this new twenty-first-century edition, devoted admirers can be sure to find their favorite verse and stories. But a variety of fresh material has also been added to create a fuller, more authentic picture of her life's work. 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. Two of these pieces concern home decorating, a subject not usually associated with Mrs. Parker. 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.

The introduction of two new sections is intended to provide the richest possible sense of Parker herself. "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.

Features an introduction from Marion Meade and cover illustrations by renowned graphic artist Seth, creator of the comic series Palooka-ville.

Review:

"The great Parker gets the red-carpet treatment as her Portable is bumped up to a 'Deluxe Edition' (go, Dottie!)....This beautifully executed edition does her justice." Library Journal

Synopsis:

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.

For this new twenty-first-century edition, devoted admirers can be sure to find their favorite verse and stories. But a variety of fresh material has also been added to create a fuller, more authentic picture of her life's work. 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. Two of these pieces concern home decorating, a subject not usually associated with Mrs. Parker. 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.

The introduction of two new sections is intended to provide the richest possible sense of Parker herself. "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.

  • A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with French flaps, rough front, and luxurious packaging
  • Features an introduction from Marion Meade and cover illustrations by renowned graphic artist Seth, creator of the comic series Palooka-ville

Synopsis:

The second revision in sixty years, this sublime collection ranges over the verse, stories, essays, and journalism of one of the twentieth centurys most quotable authors.

About the Author

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) is a literary legend famed for her poetry, short stories, criticism, screenplays, and dramas. She was a founding writer of the New Yorker in 1925 and a key member of the New York literary circle, the Algonquin Round Table. During the Twenties, when she won acclaim for her humorous verse and prize-winning short stories such as "Big Blonde," she became known as the wittiest woman in America. At various times in her life she also wrote for Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Esquire. Not so well known are her political beliefs: she helped unionize Hollywood screenwriters, joined the Communist Party, and worked on behalf of various left-wing causes. In the 1950s, she was blacklisted in Hollywood. Her estate was bequeathed to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is buried in Baltimore, at the headquarters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which became her literary executor following Dr. King's assassination. Today, four decades after her death, Dorothy Parker remains one of the most quoted writers in the world.

Marion Meade is the author of Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? and Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties. She has also written biographies of Woody Allen, Buster Keaton, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Victoria Woodhull, and Madame Blavatsky, as well as two novels about medieval France.

Seth is an illustrator whose work has been featured in such publications as the Washington Post, Details, Spin, and the New York Times. He is best known for his continuing comic-book series Palooka-Ville.

Table of Contents

The Portable Dorothy Parker Introduction

Suggestions for Further Reading

Part One: The Original Portable as Arranged by Dorothy Parker in1944

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)

Part Two: Other Writings

Such a Pretty Little Picture, Smart Set, December 1922

Advice to the Little Peyton Girl, Harper's Bazaar, February 1933

The Game, Cosmopolitan, December 1948

The Banquet of Crow, The New Yorker, December 14, 1957

The Bolt Behind the Blue, Esquire, December 1958

Interior Desecration, Vogue, April 15, 1917

Week's End, (New York) Life, July 21, 1927

My Home Town, McCall's, January 1928

Not Enough, New Masses, March 14, 1939

Destructive Decoration, House and Garden, November 1942

From Vanity Fair, 1918-1919

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

Redemption by Leo Tolstoi

Dear Brutus by J. M. Barrie

From Ainslee's (In Broadway Playhouses), 1921

The Emperor Jones by Eugene O'Neill

Ziegfeld Follies of 1921

From The New Yorker (Substituting for Robert Benchley), 1931

The Barretts of Wimpole Street by Rudolf Besier

Give Me Yesterday by A. A. Milne

The Admirable Crichton by J. M. Barrie

From The New Yorker (Constant Reader), 1927-1931

The President's Daughter by Nan Britton

Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway

Happiness by William Lyon Phelps

A President Is Born by Fannie Hurst; Claire Ambler by Booth Tarkington

Literary Rotarians

Appendicitis by Thew Wright, M.D.; Art of the Night by George Jean Nathan

The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne

Round Up by Ring Lardner

Forty Thousand Sublime and Beautiful Thoughts, compiled by Charles Noel Douglas

The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett

Dawn by Theodore Dreiser

The Grandmother of the Aunt of the Gardener

From The New York Times Book Review, 1957

The Road to Miltown, Or Under the Spreading Atrophy by S. J. Perelman

From Esqure, 1958-1959

The American Earthquake by Edmund Wilson; The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac; Ice Palace by Edna Ferber

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote; The Poorhouse Fair by John Updike

The Years With Ross by James Thurber

Part Three: A Dorothy Parker Sampler

Any Porch, Vanity Fair, September 15, 1915

Sorry, the Line Is Busy, Life, April 21, 1921

In the Throes, (New York) Life, September 16, 1924

For R.C.B., The New Yorker, January 7, 1928

Untitled Birthday Lament, c. 1927

The Garter, The New Yorker, September 8, 1928

Sophisticated Poetry—and the Hell With It, New Masses, June 27, 1939

Introduction: The Seal in the Bedroom and Other Predicaments, by James Thurber, 1932

The Function of the Writer, Address, Esquire Magazine Symposium, October 1958 (extract)

New York at 6:30 P.M., Esquire, November 1964

Self-Portrait from The Paris Review, "Writers at Work," 1956

Letters 1905-1962

To Henry Rothschild, 1905

To Henry Rothschild, 1905

To Harold Ross, 1927

To Harold Ross, no date

To Seward Collins, 1927

To Helen Rothschild Droste, 1929

To Robert Charles Benchley, 1929

To Sara and Gerald Murphy, 1934

To F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1934

To Alexander Woolcott, 1935

To Harold Guinzburg, 1935

To Helen Rothschild Grimwood, c. 1939

To Malcolm Cowley, 1958

To Morton Zabel, 1958

To John Patrick, 1962

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lukas, December 31, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
"That bird only sings when she's unhappy."-Alexander Woollcott Dorothy Parker the person--witty, irreverent, drinky--is probably better known than Dorothy Parker the writer, except for that stupid line about girls with glasses (totally untrue in Portland, btw). This anthology is really the place to start and likely the only Parker you'll need, bringing together short stories, poems, letters, essays and criticism. It's actually her critical pieces (on writers like Hemingway, Hammett and Dreiser) that I think are the strongest and hold up the best. She famously trashed "House on Pooh Corner." There's also a revealing interview with "The Paris View" that offers another, less wise-cracking side of her. Sadly, she died in relative obscurity and poverty and her ashes were unclaimed for years. She did leave her estate, such as it was, to MLK. (Great cover.)
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amabre, August 16, 2009 (view all comments by amabre)
Transport yourself to the breezy apartments of the boozy, man crazy, young women who populate New York City during the 1920's and 30s. You will have fun with them.

Good stories, silly (but interesting) poetry. Oh and there are some awesome book reviews in here too. You don't have to be familiar with the book in order to enjoy Dorothy Parker's biting criticism.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143039532
Author:
Parker, Dorothy
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Meade, Marion
Introduction:
Meade, Marion
Author:
Parker, Dorothy
Author:
Gill, Brendan
Author:
Seth
Author:
Meade, Marion
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
8.60x5.35x1.71 in. 1.49 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review" by , "The great Parker gets the red-carpet treatment as her Portable is bumped up to a 'Deluxe Edition' (go, Dottie!)....This beautifully executed edition does her justice."
"Synopsis" by ,

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.

For this new twenty-first-century edition, devoted admirers can be sure to find their favorite verse and stories. But a variety of fresh material has also been added to create a fuller, more authentic picture of her life's work. 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. Two of these pieces concern home decorating, a subject not usually associated with Mrs. Parker. 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.

The introduction of two new sections is intended to provide the richest possible sense of Parker herself. "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.

  • A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with French flaps, rough front, and luxurious packaging
  • Features an introduction from Marion Meade and cover illustrations by renowned graphic artist Seth, creator of the comic series Palooka-ville

"Synopsis" by , The second revision in sixty years, this sublime collection ranges over the verse, stories, essays, and journalism of one of the twentieth centurys most quotable authors.
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