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Complete Poems (Penguin Classics) Paperback – April 6, 2010
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Dorothy Parker was born in West End, New Jersey, in 1893 and grew up in New York, attending a Catholic convent school and Miss Dana's School in Morristown, New Jersey. In 1916 she sold some of her poetry to the editor of Vogue, and was subsequently given an editorial position on the magazine, writing captions for fashion photographs and drawings. She then became drama critic of Vanity Fairand the central figure of the celebrated Algonquin Round Table.Famous for her spoken wit, she showed the same trenchant commentary in her book reviews for The New Yorker and Esquire and in her poems and sketches. Her collection of poems included Not So Deep as a Well and Enough Rope, which became a bestseller; and her collections of stories included Here Lies. She also collaborated with Elmer Rice on a play, Close Harmony and with Arnaud d'Usseau on the play the Ladies of the Corridor. She herself had two Broadway plays written about her and was portrayed as a character in a third. Her cynicism and the concentration of her judgements were famous and she has been closely associated with modern urbane humour.
Her first husband was Edwin Pond Parker II, and although they were divorced some years later, she continued to use his name, which she much preferred to her own of Rothschild. Her second husband was an actor-writer Alan Campbell. They went to Hollywood as a writing team and went through a tempestuous marriage until his death in 1963, when Dorothy Parker returned to New York. She died in 1967.
Marion Meade is the author of Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? andBobbed 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Who could NOT love Dorothy Parker??? In very nice condition - gave it to a friend who needed a little wit in her life!!Published 19 months ago by Marina
Perfect copy Great book. False Friends...my very favorite D Parker poem.Published 23 months ago by Ander
This is second to my bible. Dorothy is witty, sweet and sassy! So many of the poems are timeless.Published on September 2, 2014 by G. Sha
There's not much to add to the adoring reviews of Mrs. Parker's Poetry, EXCEPT that you should purchase a USED copy, lest you unknowingly contribute a royalty to the copyright... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Arthur Frame