The Poetry and Short Stories of Dorothy Parker (Modern Library)

The Poetry and Short Stories of Dorothy Parker Modern Library Product Details Hardcover pages Publisher Modern Library Modern Library ed edition August Language English

  • Title: The Poetry and Short Stories of Dorothy Parker (Modern Library)
  • Author: Dorothy Parker
  • ISBN: 9780679601326
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Product Details Hardcover 457 pages Publisher Modern Library 1994 Modern Library ed edition August 30, 1994 Language English

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    1. I'm not a big fan of poetry in general--with a few exceptions to that. Dorothy Parker is number one on that list. Not concerned with social etiquette at the time, she spoke her mind, and her writings clearly exhibit this trait. A prime example on her take of relationships:SOCIAL NOTE "Lady, lady, should you meetOne whose ways are all discreet,One who murmurs that his wifeIs the lodestar of his life,One who keeps assuring youThat he never was untrue,Never loved another one . . .Lady, lady, better [...]

    2. The poetry is not only clever and brilliant, it's genius. This is the best poetry in the English language.All of the short stories are good and several of the short stories achieve greatness. Big Blonde and Glory In The Daytime are a couple of my personal favorites upon first read-through. All of the short stories have some thread of classism connecting them, followed by the themes of gender and relationships and a little bit of racism thrown in for good measure. Sometimes the themes and the sat [...]

    3. I discovered Ms. Parker through the movie starring Bridgette Fonda called Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, I think it was- about the writers who used to meet at the Algonquin Hotel, among whom Dorothy Parker was a fixture/leader. I then re-discovered her thanks to a college poetry class where I had to do a lengthy biography type project on her, and I became fascinated. She led a fascinating, if tragic, life, and her quick wit and sharp tongue show through in much of her writing. Her poetry is [...]

    4. I really love her writing. It's hard and strong and cynical at a time when women really weren't any of those things.

    5. I have read this book cover to cover, over and over. I carry it or a version with me at most times. I've passed on copies to those who wish to understand me. Mrs. Parker wrote with the wit that could cut through the most pretentious of subjects. Her musings inspire me as well as comfort me. I am nothing like the author in my writing style. I could only aspire to be. It makes me happy to know that she existed and wrote a few words to prove it. Rest your soul, you beautiful woman.

    6. Dorothy Parker is one of the most overlooked, underated writers of her era. It is so sad that when I mention her name to someone 9 times out of 10 they only recognize "Men rarely make passes at girls who wear glasses." To reduce a writer of such wit, poetry and great dialogue to one or two sarcastic quotes is truly sad.

    7. A few sparkling turns of phrase won't disguise the fact that this is a compendium of works about people being generally horrible to each other. Even considering that Parker has a distinctive voice and that this approach was unusual for women authors of the time -- still, you know, there it is.

    8. Dorothy Parker is my favorite poet. She was dark and lonely and we've all been there. I would have loved to have sat, just one night, with the Algonquin Round Table. I have always had an appreciation for wordplay and clever wit. When they asked her to use the word horticulture in a sentence she immediately replied, "You can lead a 'whore to culture' but you can't make her think." I read somewhere that she's never made a spelling error or a mistake in sentence structure. I wouldn't want to know h [...]

    9. Changed my life as a teenager.I Know I Have Been HappiestI know I have been happiest by your sideBut what’s done is done, an all’s to beAnd small the good of lingering dolefullyGaily it lived, and gallantly it diedI will not make you songs of hearts deniedAnd you, being man, would have no tears of meAnd should I offer you fidelityYou’d be, I think, a little terrifiedYet this need of woman, this her curseTo range her little gifts, and give, and giveBecause the throb of giving’s sweet to b [...]

    10. I adore her as a literary figure, and know that her writing doesn't quite live up to her image. I liked the explanation of her limitations in the movie (Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle), basically that she never got over her mother's death and it created a mental and creative block that she could never quite overcome. Makes sense. She herself is a loveably tragic figure, and her poems inspired me to write a decent poem in high school, and goddammit, she helped found the New Yorker, in all its [...]

    11. I'm not a big fan of poetry, so the first half of the book didn't appeal to me much. And they got to be a bit repetitive. But, she has a unique style and was able to really make me experience what she was trying to portray. As for the stories, they were interesting in a social commentary sort of way. She had a few favorite themes that the stories seemed to revolve around, which also got a bit repetitive. Overall, though, I really admire her for writing the way she did and saying the things she s [...]

    12. I never did like reviewing poetry. I think the experience is a personal one, each word singing to a different part of you at that time in your life. Take for instance this quote of Parker's, "You can take a whore to culture, but you can't make her think." When I was younger I thought it was significant and telling of the women around me, my station in life in total. Noww I just think the line is funny as hell. You can see poetry for it's beauty, amused by it's often rhythmic cadence, and carry o [...]

    13. Fun and amusing light verse. Sometimes wistful, thoughtful and even romantic. Dorothy Parker, born 1893, was the daughter of a Scottish Presbyterian mother and a strict Jewish father. After her father died in 1913, Parker started playing piano at a dance school. Then she began writing light verse. Vanity Fair was delighted with her work and made her the drama critic. Parker left the monthly in 1925 when a new weekly began, The New Yorker, where she stayed for thirty years. Then she wrote book re [...]

    14. I read Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) many years ago. I was very young then, and a lot of her writing didn’t have any meaning to me. Now –fifteen years later and a couple of divorces under my belt –well her writing rings a bell. It has been said that stories create the gods, goddesses and poetry, and not the other way around. Both, her poetry and her stories, have a distinctive sense of humour which touches the soul. Dorothy Parker discovers the irony, sarcasm, and laughable side of women’s [...]

    15. Enjoyed the short stories more than the poetry. Loved the sarcastic wit. "Mrs. Bain cried a little in pauses in the conversation. She had always cried easily and often. Yet in spite of the years of practice, she did not do it well.""Oh, it's easy to be sweet to people before you love them."."Solitude is the safeguard of mediocrity and the stern companion of genius."Thanks Rachel for the recommendation.

    16. Dorothy Parker never hesitated to use her sharp wit, and my life is the better for it. If you've never read any of her works, I'll show my favorite small poem by her and hopefully hook you - because it's all worth a read.'Resume'Razors pain you; Rivers are damp; Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp; Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live.

    17. went back and re-read a few stories and poems i had never gotten around to - great stuff. some of the stories are a bit dated in terms of structure and prose style, but i do appreciate what she did to bring a feminine perspective into early 20th century writing. and the girl is funny! when she's on, she's dynamite.

    18. I love her! She's so cynical and angry, and the couples are always fighting and twisting eachother's words. Even though I definitely don't want to see life the way she did, I am glad she did because I enjoy it so much.My favorite short stroy is "The Sexes" and "A Telephone Call" and my favorite poems are "Men", "There Was One", and "Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom"

    19. She has such a ruthless wit that I sometimes forget that I shouldn't be smiling at the irony in her writing because it's mostly about dark matters. Maybe not so skilled with people, but she definitely had a way with her typewriter.

    20. I only read the poetry portion of this one, but I really enjoyed it. Several of them made me laugh out loud. She always starts the poem off so seriously, but then twists it at the end. Very enjoyable.

    21. Parker was ahead of her time there is such beauty, irony and pain in her work. A true example modern American writing, she's not just a "woman" author, but a quintessential American writer, regardless of gender. Fantastic.

    22. I'm enjoying her, thus far, but the poems are a bit less caustic and a bit more men-obsessed than I was somehow anticipating. The stories feel a little more sophisticated, fun, modernist social satire.

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