Dorothy Parker

What Fresh Hell Is This?

Author: Marion Meade

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101462195

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

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Marion Meade's engrossing and comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century's most captivating women In this lively, absorbing biography, Marion Meade illuminates both the charm and the dark side of Dorothy Parker, exploring her days of wicked wittiness at the Algonquin Round Table with the likes of Robert Benchley, George Kaufman, and Harold Ross, and in Hollywood with S. J. Perelman, William Faulkner, and Lillian Hellman. At the dazzling center of it all, Meade gives us the flamboyant, self-destructive, and brilliant Dorothy Parker. This edition features a new afterword by Marion Meade.

The Portable Dorothy Parker

Author: Dorothy Parker

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 626

View: 5861

Collects short fiction, poems, reviews, and letters from the author renowned for her wit and satiric acumen.

The Last Days of Dorothy Parker

The Extraordinary Lives of Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman and How Death Can Be Hell on Friendship (A Penguin Classics Special)

Author: Marion Meade

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101627212

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 60

View: 6214

Dorothy Parker biographer Marion Meade shares insight into the last days in the life of Dorothy Parker—the horrible and the hilarious—including her colorful friendship with Lillian Hellman, and the bizarre afterlife of Parker’s remains from a file cabinet on Wall Street to a small burial site by the NAACP office in Baltimore. The Volney was a dignified residence hotel, favored by older women and their dogs, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Dorothy Parker died there, of a heart attack, on June 7, 1967. She was seventy-three and had been famous for almost half a century. As befitted a much-loved humorist, poet, and storywriter, the New York Times announced her exit in a front-page obituary. This was followed by a star-studded memorial service, also reported in the paper, which was attended by some 150 of her friends and admirers. More than twenty years later, on October 20, 1988, Parker was buried in Baltimore, in a memorial garden at the national headquarters of the NAACP. Why did it take more than two decades for Dorothy Parker to get a decent burial? What accounts for her macabre Edgar Allan Poe–style ending, arguably one of the most ghoulish in modern literary history? And just what happened to her during those twenty-one years? Dorothy Parker biographer Marion Meade draws from new research to portray Parker in her last years and last days, with an emphasis on her posthumous existence. The story also features Parker’s enduring friendship of over thirty years with playwright and screenwriter Lillian Hellman, along with other notable figures in Parker’s circle, including Dashiell Hammett and John O’Hara. Always riotous and occasionally ghastly, The Last Days is utterly and completely Dorothy Parker.

Alpine Giggle Week

How Dorothy Parker Set Out to Write the Great American Novel and Ended Up in a TB Colony Atop an Alpine Peak (A Penguin Classics Special)

Author: Dorothy Parker

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698153774

Category: Humor

Page: 40

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A little known, rediscovered letter: an SOS from a woman trapped on a Swiss mountaintop in a TB colony with no idea how to escape—that woman being Dorothy Parker. “Kids, I have started one thousand (1,000) letters to you, but they all through no will of mine got to sounding so gloomy and I was afraid of boring the combined tripe out of you, so I never sent them.” Thus starts a little-known and until now unpublished letter by Dorothy Parker from a Swiss mountaintop. Parker wrote the letter in September 1930 to Viking publishers Harold Guinzburg and George Oppenheimer—she went to France to write a novel for them and wound up in a TB colony in Switzerland. Parker refers to the letter as a “novelette,” yet there is nothing fictional about it. More accurately, the biting composition reads like a gossipy diary entry, typed out on Parker’s beautiful new German typewriter. She namedrops notable figures like Ernest Hemingway and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald while covering topics running from her various accidents and health problems to her opinions on dogs, literary critics and God. The writing is vintage Parker: uncensored, unedited, deliciously malicious, and certainly one of the most entertaining of her letters—or for that matter any letter—that you’ll ever read. This edition features an introduction, notes, and annotations on notable figures by Parker biographer Marion Meade.

The Sayings of Dorothy Parker

Author: Dorothy Parker

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reference

Page: 64

View: 9687

This series collects together the best-known aphorisms, epigrams and reflections of a wide variety of figures from antiquity to our own age: humorists and novelists, poets and philosophers, politicians and playwrights.

Rest in Pieces

Die unglaublichen Schicksale berühmter Leichen

Author: Bess Lovejoy

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3838752961

Category: History

Page: 399

View: 9844

Wie kommt der Kopf von Heinrich IV. auf einen Dachboden in Paris? Wer stahl Abraham Lincolns Körper? Und wie kamen die Matrosen darauf, Lord Nelsons Leiche nach der Schlacht von Trafalgar nicht etwa im Meer, sondern in einem Fass mit Brandy zu versenken - von dem sie während der Reise nach Hause tranken? Von Mozart bis Hitler, von Alexander dem Großen bis Charlie Chaplin, von Descartes bis Osama bin Laden: Dieses ungewöhnliche Buch verbindet die Lebens- und Wirkungsgeschichten berühmter Menschen mit den bizarren Schicksalen ihrer toten Körper zu skurrilen, wundersamen und höchst informativen Geschichten - die darüber hinaus ganz nebenbei zeigen, wie in verschiedenen Kulturen und zu unterschiedlichen Zeiten mit dem Tod umgegangen wurde.

Complete Poems

Author: Dorothy Parker,Marion Meade

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 9780143106081

Category: Poetry

Page: 390

View: 2382

Offers the only complete collection of the author's poems available, showcasing the dry quips and piercingly introspective verse of a writer whose legend continues to fascinate, in a book with an introduction by the author's noted biographer. Original.

Noch ein Martini und ich lieg unterm Gastgeber

Dorothy Parker Eine Biografie

Author: Michaela Karl

Publisher: Residenz Verlag

ISBN: 370174257X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 8611

In den Roaring Twenties war sie die Königin von New York. Ihre scharfe Zunge und ihr beißender Witz wurden Legende. Sie stritt mit Ernest Hemingway, schlief mit F. Scott Fitzgerald und soff mit Truman Capote. Dorothy Parker schrieb für "Vogue", "Vanity Fair" und den "New Yorker" und gehörte zur legendären Tafelrunde des Hotels Algonquin, wo sich die kulturelle Szene der Stadt traf. Ihre sarkastischen Verse und pointierten Kurzgeschichten erzählen von zerplatzten Träumen und dem Warten auf das Klingeln des Telefons. Sie machte als Drehbuchautorin in Hollywood Karriere und landete wegen ihres Engagements gegen Rassismus und Faschismus auf der Schwarzen Liste von Senator McCarthy. Michaela Karl legt nun die erste deutschsprachige Biografie vor. Sie porträtiert das unkonventionelle Leben der Dorothy Parker, und entdeckt hinter der zynischen Fassade eine sensible Frau auf der Suche nach dem großen Glück.

Farewell, Dorothy Parker

Author: Ellen Meister

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101609230

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 9519

When it comes to movie reviews, critic Violet Epps is a powerhouse voice. But that’s only because she’s learned to channel her literary hero Dorothy Parker, the most celebrated and scathing wit of the twentieth century. If only Violet could summon that kind of strength in her personal life. Violet visits the Algonquin Hotel in an attempt to find inspiration from the hallowed dining room where Dorothy Parker and so many other famous writers of the 1920s traded barbs, but she gets more than she bargained for when Parker’s feisty spirit rematerializes. An irreverent ghost with problems of her own—including a refusal to cross over to the afterlife—Mrs. Parker helps Violet face her fears, becoming in turn mentor and tormentor…and ultimately, friend. READERS GUIDE INSIDE

Der blaue Hammer

Author: Ross Macdonald

Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG

ISBN: 3257607695

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 4396

Als dem kalifornischen Kupfermagnaten Jack Biemeyer und seiner Frau ein Gemälde gestohlen wird, wenden sie sich an niemand Geringeren als Lew Archer. Ein Bravourstück des Privatdetektivs: Lew Archer geht über dreißig Jahre in die Vergangenheit zurück, um seinen schwierigsten Fall zu lösen.

The Algonquin Round Table New York

A Historical Guide

Author: Kevin C. Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493016733

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 6272

"That is the thing about New York," wrote Dorothy Parker in 1928. "It is always a little more than you had hoped for. Each day, there, is so definitely a new day." Now you can journey back there, in time, to a grand city teeming with hidden bars, luxurious movie palaces, and dazzling skyscrapers. In these places, Dorothy Parker and her cohorts in the Vicious Circle at the infamous Algonquin Round Table sharpened their wit, polished their writing, and captured the energy and elegance of the time. Robert Benchley, Parker’s best friend, became the first managing editor of Vanity Fair before Irving Berlin spotted him onstage in a Vicious Circle revue and helped launch his acting career. Edna Ferber, an occasional member of the group, wrote the Pulitzer-winning bestseller So Big as well as Show Boat and Cimarron. Jane Grant pressed her first husband, Harold Ross, into starting The New Yorker. Neysa McMein, reputedly “rode elephants in circus parades and dashed from her studio to follow passing fire engines.” Dorothy Parker wrote for Vanity Fair and Vogue before ascending the throne as queen of the Round Table, earning everlasting fame (but rather less fortune) for her award-winning short stories and unforgettable poems. Alexander Woollcott, the centerpiece of the group, worked as drama critic for the Times and the World, wrote profiles of his friends for The New Yorker, and lives on today as Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came to Dinner. Explore their favorite salons and saloons, their homes and offices (most still standing), while learning about their colorful careers and private lives. Packed with archival photos, drawings, and other images--including never-before-published material--this illustrated historical guide includes current information on all locations. Use it to retrace the footsteps of the Algonquin Round Table, and you’ll discover that the golden age of Gotham still surrounds us.

I Found My Thrill on Parliament Hill

Author: Nicole Chénier-Cullen

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1440179409

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 379

View: 915

The Honourable Jack Sydney George just-call-me-Bud Cullen defied all odds when he was elected Sarnia's Member of Parliament during the head-spinning days of Trudeaumania. Candid and outspoken, Cullen was never one to shy away from controversy. Just as he spoke openly about the difficult issues surrounding his ministerial responsibilities, he never hid the fact that he and his chief of staff had fallen in love. This memoir, written after Cullen's death by his chief of staff who became his partner and wife of thirty years, is unusually poignant and revealing. Nicole Chénier-Cullen's discussions of the critical issues that the minister tackled, such as new immigration legislation, dealing with Quebec's first separatist government, and the tragedy of the Vietnamese refugees, uncover a behind-the-scenes perspective never before known. Her humorous, straightforward account of life in a minister's office is most refreshing. Her honest, thoughtful discourse on how the couple survived what could have been a scandalous relationship adds a revealing dimension to the story, as does her portrayal of Cullen's transition from politician to Federal Court judge. Finally, the author's heart-wrenching account of her husband's final years, and how the family coped with the ravages of Lewy Body, an Alzheimer's related disease, packs a real emotional punch.

Roads Taken

The Professorial Life, Scholarship in Place, and the Public Good

Author: Roger Epp,Bill Spellman

Publisher: Truman State University Press

ISBN: 1612481043

Category: Education

Page: 240

View: 5859

Public liberal arts colleges are higher education’s gems, yet their intimate campus settings and locations outside of the intellectual-cultural capitals challenge the traditional rhythm of academic careers. Professors trained at elite research institutions, usually located in large urban centers, must adapt to the holistic undergraduate education emphasized at colleges often located in smaller communities. The authors in this collection serve as pathfinders and exemplars for academic careers that integrate teaching, scholarship, and citizenship, rooted in place. Their stories demonstrate that the noblest traditions of higher education might be lived out most meaningfully on small, liberal arts campuses.

Sleeping With The Fishes

Number 1 in series

Author: MaryJanice Davidson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349404690

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 3588

A marine biologist, Fred knows what's in the water so chooses not to expose herself to those toxins. She's allergic to shellfish. The sea creatures she can communicate with won't do her bidding. She doesn't have long blonde hair or a perfect body. And she's definitely not perky! Fred's life is mostly spent trying to conceal her origins - and lately she's been trying to figure out just why there are weird levels of toxins in the local seawater. Then two strangers come into her life. Her new colleague is a sexy - if over-curious - hunk with a mermaid fixation. The other claims he is Artur, the high prince of the black seas - and Fred's rightful ruler!

The Annotated Marx Brothers

A Filmgoer’s Guide to In-Jokes, Obscure References and Sly Details

Author: Matthew Coniam

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476618763

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 316

View: 2631

Have you ever watched a Marx Brothers film and wondered what “habeas Irish rose” is? What is the trial of Mary Dugan with sound? What is a college widow? When exactly did Don Ameche invent the telephone? Their films are full of such in-jokes and obscure theatrical, literary and topical references that can baffle modern audiences. In this viewer’s guide to the Marx Brothers you will find the answer to such mysteries, along with an exhaustive compilation of background information, obscure trivia and even the occasional busted myth. Each of the Marx Brothers’ 13 films is covered by a running commentary, with points in the film discussed as they appear. Each reference is listed by its running time, with time code given for both PAL and NTSC DVD. An introduction for neophytes and a resource for fanatics, this book is a travel guide to the rambling landscape of these remarkable comedies.

American Women Theatre Critics

Biographies and Selected Writings of Twelve Reviewers, 1753–1919

Author: Alma J. Bennett

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786460253

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 194

View: 654

While the history of American theatre has been widely documented, the history of its female reviewers has been routinely overlooked. This book seeks to correct that oversight by exploring the role of the great female American critics, thereby expanding their canonical status. The anthology provides a brief description of the women’s lives, their working conditions, samples of their writing, and supporting analyses. For some readers, this will be a first encounter with women who deserve to be represented in the American theatre of their times and recognized for their contributions to the development of dramatic theory and criticism.

Inventing Eleanor

The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine

Author: Michael R. Evans

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441146032

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 6335

Eleanor of Aquitaine (1124-1204), queen of France and England and mother of two kings, has often been described as one of the most remarkable women of the Middle Ages. Yet her real achievements have been embellished--and even obscured--by myths that have grown up over eight centuries. This process began in her own lifetime, as chroniclers reported rumours of her scandalous conduct on crusade, and has continued ever since. She has been variously viewed as an adulterous queen, a monstrous mother and a jealous murderess, but also as a patron of literature, champion of courtly love and proto-feminist defender of women's rights. Inventing Eleanor interrogates the myths that have grown up around the figure of Eleanor of Aquitaine and investigates how and why historians and artists have invented an Eleanor who is very different from the 12th-century queen. The book first considers the medieval primary sources and then proceeds to trace the post-medieval development of the image of Eleanor, from demonic queen to feminist icon, in historiography and the broader culture.

A Menopausal Memoir

Letters from Another Climate

Author: Ellen Cole,Esther D Rothblum,Anne C Herrmann

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131771234X

Category: Social Science

Page: 126

View: 8893

The only extended, first-person narrative about menopause, A Menopausal Memoir: Letters from Another Climate explores the connection between menopause, mourning, and memory through nine fictional letters written to different addressees. The letters explain the author’s own experience of having a hysterectomy (without her permission) during surgery for endometriosis and being thrown into instant menopause. Herrmann expresses her experiences differently in each letter based on the recipient’s gender, sexual identity, and age, revealing the complexities of accepting menopause. Psychotherapists, psychologists, physicians, medical students, academics, and those interested in women’s health and women’s studies will receive insight into one woman’s experience and will learn how our bodies mold our sexual identity and shape many aspects of our lives. Writing these letters from the point of view of a scholar engaged in personal narrative but not in the familiar narrative of a woman married with children, Herrmann examines her journey of loss, recovery, and healing through feminist theory. The letters in A Menopausal Memoir reveal many other issues, including: the relationship between the female body and the meanings attached to it the different ways women tell their stories about difficult experiences negotiating the relationship between growing older and sexual identity the body’s response(s) to the loss of organs that form/inform its history the connection between body, identity, and disease A highly personal, yet theoretical, approach to the experience of menopause, A Menopausal Memoir explores how changes in the body affect your sexual identity, your relationships, and your feelings as a woman.

Eleanor of Aquitaine

A Biography

Author: Marion Meade

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101173939

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 6071

"Marion Meade has told the story of Eleanor, wild, devious, from a thoroughly historical but different point of view: a woman's point of view."—Allene Talmey, Vogue.

Buster Keaton: Cut to the Chase

A Biography

Author: Marion Meade

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497602319

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 4507

An American icon, Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton is easily acknowledged as one of the greatest filmmakers in early cinema and beyond. His elaborate slapstick made audiences scream with laughter. But, his stone face hid an internal turmoil. In BUSTER KEATON: CUT TO THE CHASE, biographer Marion Meade seamlessly lays out the life and works of this comedy genius who lacked any formal education. “Buster” made his name as a child of vaudeville, thrown around the stage by his father in a cartoon pantomime of very real abuse. The lessons he carried forward from that experience translated into some of the greatest silent films of all time. Keaton wrote, directed, performed, and edited dozens of features and shorts, including his masterpiece, The General. However, those early scars also led to decades of drinking and mistreatment of women. Keaton saw huge successes, Hollywood sex scandals, years of neglect from studios and audiences, and finally a shaky resurrection that assured his place in Hollywood’s film canon. Meticulously researched, this book brings together four years of research and hundreds of interviews to paint a nuanced portrait of a compelling artist. No comedy fan or film buff should miss this insider story of the man behind the stone face.