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The Poetry and Short Stories of Dorothy Parker (Modern Library) Hardcover – August 30, 1994

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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Library
  • Hardcover: 457 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library; 1994 Modern Library ed edition (August 30, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679601325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679601326
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Having been exposed only to the most famous few of Parker's poems and quips, I was surprised to find she had written so much poetry and that, in fact, she was an accomplished short story writer as well. It's her short fiction which has engrossed me. Her dialogues are killingly accurate in their pacing and cadences. Her take on human nature is razor sharp as always. I'm finding her fiction more rewarding than her poetry because it is less self-indulgent and her range of subjects is broader. It's only a shame she never got it together to write more stories or a novel. Most definitely worth exploring if you haven't read her before.
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This book is a compilation of all three of Parker's books of poetry as well as her published book of short stories. As for the price, it can't be beat, especially considering it's in hardcover. Plus, you also don't have to worry about buying 2 or 3 books to make sure you've got all of the poems you wanted.
Dorothy Parker's writing is fantastic anyway, and uses cynical wit to draw the reader into the poem. The reader laughs, but manages to feel empathetic. Her style is unique and doesn't seem outdated, even though most of this was written at least half a century ago. If you've ever wanted to laugh about being broken-hearted, this is the book for you.
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Here you have it, all of the wit and charm of Dorothy Parker in one neat compact volume. The poems, many of which I had read before, are brilliant and stunning, having the punch of an O. Henry story in one or two little pages. The short stories, of which I had read exactly none before I picked up this book, are, incredibly, just as good as her verses. Full of the pathos and drama of a wide variety of domestic experience, these prose gems are brimming with smart and realistic dialogue seldom found in any medium. Some of the best tales are simply inner monologues of a woman doing ordinary things like waiting for the man she adores to call her on the phone or dancing with a clog footed bore who keeps kicking her in the shins. These pieces are so well done and so dead on that they would make great audition pieces for budding actresses to impress a casting agent with. Much has been made of Dorothy Parker's unhappiness and self destructive behavior, but despite, or possibly because of, her abject misery, the lady could put pen to paper. Her work, much more than her biography, is what should stand the test of time. If you like this book and simply have to have more, you should also pick up "Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker" compiled by Stuart Silverstein and collecting, many for the first time, the poems that Dottie wasn't that fond of--they are brilliant as well.
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This is the Modern Library edition of the classic Dorothy Parker collection of stories and poems. If you want to introduce someone to Mrs. Parker - maybe with a birthday gift book - get this.

The first half is divided into verse from the collected editions Enough Rope, Sunset Gun, Death and Taxes; the second half is more than 25 short stories. It's a compact little hardcover book, with an old style typeface, and moderately priced. Even the dust jacket is classy.
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I have always found the "Lost Generation" and their literature the most romantic, mysterious and fascinating of all American Literature. The Gilded Age, The flappers, prohibition, the ensuing great depression made the writers from the Algonquin Round Table a blessed gift to America and its literature lovers. My appetite for it is insatiable....From poetry to the silver screen this book includes an honest "BEST OF" Dorothy Parker" Her writings will put a smile on anyone's face!
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It dawned on me one day when I was reading a Parker quote that I've never really immersed myself in her writings. I've read bits and pieces in anthologies and enjoyed every word. This is a lovely little book. I kept it on my desk for taking literary breaks. Every time I find a piece that takes my breath away or makes me laugh out loud. I'm thinking of framing the cover, kudos to the designer -it's beautiful.
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I love the poetry, not the stories. The book, I am told, includes what was originally three skimpy volumes of poetry. These poems all together make up a wonderful collection of Mrs. Parker's poetry and the introduction was also very good as I recall. In fact, it was from the introduction that I learned that Mrs. Parker liked to be referred to as Mrs. Parker. I don't understand all of her poems. They can be obscure at times. But at times her poetry will leave me rolling in convulsive laughter; and at other times will just leave me with a smile on my face. Her poetry can be very morbid and morose at times. But she compliments her depression both with fatalism and humor. I love about half of the poems in this book. I think that is worth FIVE STARS!
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My 3-star rating reflects an attempt to average the very uneven contents. Some very excellent pieces contrast with others that have not aged well. The monologues and soliloquies in particular among the stories read today as rather quaint; far from their contemporary impact as so very original. Some pieces have mainly scholarly interest; fewer hold up to the standard of being entertaining to a modern audience. The poems are more successful in this regard. Although the poems are best sampled in small nibbles as there are very many and by-and-large very much like their fellows.
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