Dorothy Parker's quips and light verse have become part of the Ameican literary landscape, but, as this collection of her complete short stories demonstrates, Parker's talent extended far beyond brash one-liners and clever rhymes. Her stories not only bring to life the urban milieu that was her baliwick but lay bare the uncertainties and disappointments of ordinary people living ordinary lives.
This collection features Parker's best known stories ("Big Blonde", "A Telephone Call" and "the Lovely Leave", among them), as well as 13 stgories never previously collected. There is also a selection of sketches, including " A Dinner Party Anthology" and "Men I'm Not Married To", in which Parker sardonically reflects on some familiar social and emotional realities. In all of these pieces, readers wil discover "a voice, a state of mind, an era, a few moments of human experience that nobody else has conveyed" (Edmund Wilson"
...from the back cover of the book
Heather H. reviewed Complete Stories (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) on
Dorothy Parker's quips and light verse have become part of the American literary landscape, but, as this collection of her complete short stories demonstrates, Parker's talents extended far beyond brash one-liners and clever rhymes.
I had to read a few of Dorothy Parker's short stories from this book for one of my classes and I found a lot of them to be very humorous and enjoyable.