The Portable Dorothy Parker

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Illustrated by Seth
Introduction by Marion Meade
Paperback
$25.00 US
5.6"W x 8.35"H x 1.7"D  
On sale Mar 28, 2006 | 656 Pages | 9780143039532
| Grades 9-12 + AP/IB

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.

In this new twenty-first-century edition, devoted admirers will 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. At the heart of her serious work lie her political writings dealing with race, labor, and international politics. "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") conducted with the best of twentieth-century writers.

"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 by Marion Meade and cover illustrations by renowned graphic artist Seth, creator of the comic series Palooka-ville 

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. 

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 at the magazine, writing captions for fashion photographs and drawings. Parker then became a drama critic at Vanity Fair and 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 collections of poems include Not So Deep as a Well and Enough Rope, which became a bestseller, and her collections of stories include Here Lies. Parker also collaborated with Elmer Rice on a play, Close Harmony, and with Arnaud d'Usseau on the play The Ladies of the Corridor. She had two Broadway productions 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 humor. 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. Parker's second husband was actor-writer Alan Campbell. They went to Hollywood as a writing team and had a tempestuous marriage until his death in 1963, when she returned to New York. Parker died in 1967. View titles by Dorothy Parker
© Sandy Pereira
Seth was born in 1962 in a rural Ontario town. Seth lives in Guelph, Ontario, with five cats, a gigantic collection of vintage records, comic books, and twentieth-century Canadiana, and his very patient wife. He regularly contributes illustrations to The New Yorker and the National Post. Seth’s comic-book series, Palookaville, has been collected into It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken and Clyde Fans. He is the designer of the bestselling The Complete Peanuts. View titles by Seth
The Portable Dorothy ParkerIntroduction
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
Index

About

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.

In this new twenty-first-century edition, devoted admirers will 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. At the heart of her serious work lie her political writings dealing with race, labor, and international politics. "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") conducted with the best of twentieth-century writers.

"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 by Marion Meade and cover illustrations by renowned graphic artist Seth, creator of the comic series Palooka-ville 

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. 

Author

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 at the magazine, writing captions for fashion photographs and drawings. Parker then became a drama critic at Vanity Fair and 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 collections of poems include Not So Deep as a Well and Enough Rope, which became a bestseller, and her collections of stories include Here Lies. Parker also collaborated with Elmer Rice on a play, Close Harmony, and with Arnaud d'Usseau on the play The Ladies of the Corridor. She had two Broadway productions 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 humor. 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. Parker's second husband was actor-writer Alan Campbell. They went to Hollywood as a writing team and had a tempestuous marriage until his death in 1963, when she returned to New York. Parker died in 1967. View titles by Dorothy Parker
© Sandy Pereira
Seth was born in 1962 in a rural Ontario town. Seth lives in Guelph, Ontario, with five cats, a gigantic collection of vintage records, comic books, and twentieth-century Canadiana, and his very patient wife. He regularly contributes illustrations to The New Yorker and the National Post. Seth’s comic-book series, Palookaville, has been collected into It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken and Clyde Fans. He is the designer of the bestselling The Complete Peanuts. View titles by Seth

Table of Contents

The Portable Dorothy ParkerIntroduction
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
Index

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