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Parker's verse is about as different from Mayer's as you can get. Though famous for her stories, reviews, and bon mots, Parker was quite serious about her poetry, all of which is conveniently collected here. True to her life, most of these are very bitter, unhappy rhymes.
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Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) was a celebrated poet, short story writer, critic, and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter. Much of her work was published in magazines including Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Marion Meade is the author of Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? and editor of The Portable Dorothy Parker. She lives in New York.

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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143106082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143106081
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Scott Woods on December 8, 2001
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If Margaret Cho could really, really write, and was a young white socialite in the 1920-30s, she'd have been Dorothy Parker. Dorothy is sharp, and she cuts people to the quick, and in no better light than in this Penguin collection. She hates husbands, wives, smart-asses (though she is the preeminent smart-ass woman of her time), summer resorts...you name it, Parker trashes it.
The cool thing about her is that she does this with such cosmopolitan flair (small surprise since she wrote for Vogue and Vanity Fair for years) and obvious care (her poems almost always rhyme and subscribe to some traditional structure) that she makes herself almost untouchable to critic. She's good, she knows she's good, and watch out world, here she comes.
Not just another pretty muse for a Prince song, and great for classes.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris on February 4, 2000
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This is a wonderful collection of poems from the "wittiest woman in America". She clearly earns that title here, with her hilarious attacks on anything and everything deserving of ridicule, of which her "Hymns of Hate" are a delightful example. Parker's prose also has a darkly introspective side; one often finds allusions to her painful romantic life and her four suicide attempts (such as perhaps her most famous poem, "Resume"). As her serious poems and her cynically comical ones start off in the same tone, one never knows quite what one is getting into.
Parker's poems are as much for the hater of poetry as the aficionado- they are in a sense a direct attack on the affected melodrama that pervades and stereotypes poetry. And if one doesn't find them, like some reviewers, "dark", "beautiful" and "moving", at least one will get a laugh.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By adead_poet@hotmail.com on March 13, 2000
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dorothy parker was one of the sharpest wits we've ever seen, and this collection of poems shows her talents at their best. you do get a little tired of her cynicism after a while, but her first two classics, Enough Rope & Sunset Gun both make it worthwhile to read. she is one of the best poets we've had.
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A few days ago, I was going through my book collection and came across this volume of Dorothy Parker's poems that I bought a while back, but only now did I read it. It was more than worth the wait; Dorothy Parker brings a searing wit to her work. I would particularly recommend her Hate Songs, which she later rechristened Hymns of Hate. Parker would take topics of irritation such as Men, Actors, or Reformers and simply skewer them. Also quite good are her Moral Tales for the Young; I wish that she did more than two of these twisted fables. By way of mild criticism, some poems contrasting nature and Parker's cynical views on romance can sound alike and a few others are such products of their time that a present day reader might have trouble getting the joke. Still, when Dorothy Parker was at her best, she could come up with lines so sharp you could shave with them.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Dreamer on September 12, 2010
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Witty, irreverent, articulate, brilliant. Marked my favorites with post-its, and almost every one is marked. Dorothy Parker was a poetic genius, and these poems are a luscious treat!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robyn Lee Markow on May 25, 2002
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It's amazing that these poems,written well over half a century ago,still retain their bite,impact and immediacy. And it's rather inspiring that Ms. Parker,in spite of her personal demons, still managed to produce such an impressive body of work. A very good introduction to her writing,especially if you only know her from the movie made about her,or just as one of several people who hung around a certain hotel in NY,trading quips with other writers. Check this one out,you're in for a treat..!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Constantine Evans on June 9, 2012
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Dorothy Parker's, poetry or prose, is a must read. Her sense of humor usually--almost always--saves her from maudlin self-pity or cloying anguished earnestness. And after all, it is her wit that has kept her in print lo these many decades.
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