'The young man with the scenic cravat glanced nervously down the sofa at the girl in the fringed dress. She was examining her handkerchief; it might have been the first one of its kind she had seen, so deep was her interest in its material, form, and possibilities.'Dorothy Parker captured early twentieth century American society like no one else could. She was a masterful observer of character, a witty, sharply exact composer of dialogue and a poignant reader of the subtleties of relationship. In these five stories, of relationships strained by ill-will, social distance or circumstance, all her strengths are clear.This book includes The Sexes, The Lovely Leave, The Little Hours, Glory in the Daytime and Lolita.
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Dorothy Parker was born in West End, New Jersey, in 1893 and grew up in New York. In 1916 she sold some of her poetry to the editor of Vogue, and was subsequently given an editorial position on the magazine. She then became drama critic of 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 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.After the death of her second husband in 1963, Dorothy Parker returned to New York. She died in 1967.
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Book Description ADULT PBS, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand new book. All items promptly packaged with care. Bookseller Inventory # 31103
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