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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (31 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014118258X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141182582
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eleni TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2011
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"Sweet Violets

You are brief and frail and blue-
Little sisters, I am, too.
You are Heaven's masterpieces-
Little loves, the likeness ceases."

Dorothy Parker is one of my favorite authors; an author I have come to consider a 'close friend', as her words filled with heartbreak and wisecrack are as powerful and contemporary today as they were during her tempestuous lifetime. This is a fascinating collection of poems, short stories, and book and theatre reviews, which are so characteristic of her work and her worldview.

This collection includes some of her best poems. She wrote more then 300 poems for New York newspapers and magazines and she published some of these poems in three poetry collections; "Enough Rope", "Sunset Gun", and "Death and Taxes". These are the poems that are published in this book.

Her biographer, John Keats said that her wonderful short stories "are easily as good as some of O'Hara and Hemingway"; I disagree, they are much better. Of course she would never compare her work with theirs, as she never took herself seriously enough to even dare, and that is probably what makes her such a great writer. Her short stories, most of which are published in this collection, are personal and honest because she is so generous, giving so much of herself. It is clear that she was behind every heartbroken, self sarcastic character she describes, whether that is a young girl praying to God for a telephone call from her elusive lover, a desperate woman after a suicide attempt, or a war correspondent in Spain.

This collection also includes her book reviews from "The New Yorker" of which she was a founding member, and from "Esquire". Also her theatre reviews from "Vanity Fair" and from "The New Yorker".
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By cejay@quista.net on 15 Dec. 1999
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Dorothy Parker uses her own indomitable style to observe in a dry, precise manner the intricate, and often misunderstood, relationships between the sexes and the classes. This book is inspirational, tragic, comic and far too close to home even now, up to seventy years after some of the material was first written. Parker's own sad life is reflected in each page of ascerbic social comment and I cannot recommend it enough. For anyone who has been more keen on a lover than they were upon one, read 'The Telephone' with a familiar heart - from there on in I guarantee you will be hooked. The poems are quite short, the theatre and book reviews can be scathing and the language/ terminology is somewhat dated, but none of this detracts from Mrs Parkers vast talent for accurately dissecting the human condition in all of its guises. This collection of her work will leave the reader feeling like they have found a very prickly friend, who is well worth taking the time to become familiar with.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pedro the Llama on 21 Jan. 2010
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Dorothy Parker has been up there in my top ten writer list since I was 19. Her writing is crisp, sharp, witty, ascerbic and can pierce like an arrow, there is also a timelessness about many of her characters and plots. The girl waiting by the phone could be in 1940 or 2010 as could Big Blonde, Dusk Before Fireworks etc. Lolita is the most perfect short story I have ever read (was John Marble gay?) and Clothe the Naked actually hurts me to read. Too sad, too painful

Her background in journalism had maybe perfected her crisp economical style of writing and her turn of phrase is exquisite, I can imagine writers quaked in their boots when their tome hit the desk of a certain Mrs Parker to be reviewed. I just wish she had written more - the small paperback book I have read and re-read over many years is just not enough. I am surprised by how few people have heard of her never mind read her articles and stories. A true treat.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joy Manne on 1 Mar. 2013
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I wish someone had warned me that the text was blurry, probably multiply photocopied, indistinct, and uncomfortable to read. An insult to a good writer and to a discerning reader. Shame on Penguin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Winspur on 26 Jan. 2014
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I can't honestly think who her contemporary is today. Such sharply brilliant writing, should be in the collection of every female wannabe writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. on 3 July 2014
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Arrived in mint condition. Would highly recommend. Many thanks!
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Nick on 6 Sept. 2001
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what can i say? this comprises some of the best work written in this catergory, and all by one woman! Dorothy Parker has a great wit and conveys her point extremly well using humor and her amazing intellect. this is a book i read with some friends and we laugh and agree with her! well worth it!
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