"Dorothy Parker, more than any of her contemporaries, captured the spirit of the Jazz Age in her poetry and prose, and The Collected Dorothy Parker includes an introduction by Brendan Gill in Penguin Modern Classics.
Dorothy Parker was the most talked-about woman of her day, notorious as the hard-drinking bad girl with a talent for stinging repartee and endlessly quotable one-liners. The decadent 1920s and 1930s in New York were a time of great experiment and daring for women. For the rich, life seemed a continual party, but the excesses took their emotional toll. In the bitingly witty poems and stories collected here, along with her articles and reviews, she brilliantly captures the spirit of the decadent Jazz Age in New York, exposing both the dazzle and the darkness. But beneath the sharp perceptions and acidic humour, much of her work poignantly expresses the deep vulnerability of a troubled, self-destructive woman who, in the words of philosopher Irwin Edman, was 'a Sappho who could combine a heartbreak with a wisecrack'."
Welcome to book 5 in my #GilmoreGirlsBookClub.
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So on to the review...
Name - The Collected Dorothy Parker
Who? - Well she was an American writer, poet and critic that became famous for her words. She was born in 1893 and was infamous for her wit and wisecracking humour. She was also a prominent writer for The New Yorker, wrote screenplays and her work was twice nominated for an Oscar.
My thoughts on the book? - I had been wanting to read this for so long and that's one of the reasons I wanted to include it in my book club so much as I knew it would push me to read it. The book is made up of short stories, poems and her reviews from magazines too. It’s a really interesting different read that you can dip in and out of rather than it being a full connected story. I loved that aspect of it and really enjoyed reading her work and finally getting to grips with some of her most famous words. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great introduction to Dorothy’s life and work but I really want to read more about her now rather than just her writing as I think she seemed so interesting and achieved so much especially given the time in which she lived and I think it's all kinds of awesome that she was able to push through barriers and do that.
When was this in Gilmore Girls? - In episode 9 of Season One. It was a different Dorothy Parker book that was mentioned but I choose to include this one as this is the easiest to find in the UK and is super similar to the one mentioned in the show.
Any other fun facts? - Well, Amy Sherman-Palladino who is the creator and writer of Gilmore Girls actually named her production company after Dorothy Parker as she cites her as one of her biggest creative influences. So keep an eye out at the end of every Gilmore episode and you will see the 'Dorothy Parker Drank Here' Productions sign.
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