Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?

By Marion Meade

Marion Meade's engrossing and accomplished biography of 1 of the 20 th century's so much attractive women

In this full of life, soaking up biography, Marion Meade illuminates either the appeal and the darkish aspect of Dorothy Parker, exploring her days of depraved wittiness on the Algonquin around desk with the likes of Robert Benchley, George Kaufman, and Harold Ross, and in Hollywood with S. J. Perelman, William Faulkner, and Lillian Hellman. on the outstanding heart of all of it, Meade offers us the fancy, self-destructive, and remarkable Dorothy Parker.

This variation includes a new afterword by means of Marion Meade.

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They didn't see each other at the day of the listening to, nor did they ever meet back. a number of months after the divorce, Eddie married Anne O’Brien, a probation officer hired through the Hartford Juvenile court docket. They moved to the small city of Haddam, Connecticut. 5 years later, on January 7, 1933, Eddie died of Ipral (a barbituric acid spinoff) poisoning. The health worker gave the reason for loss of life as a self-administered overdose of a slumbering powder yet concluded it used to be unintended. a distinct reason was once brought up through Eddie’s health professional, who attributed the demise to “an acute septic caused by surgery. ” His sufferer, he stated, lately had numerous the teeth extracted. Eddie fell right into a coma and was once taken to St. Francis health facility, the place he died days later with no regaining cognizance. He was once thirty-nine. His obituary famous that he had as soon as been a inventory dealer with Paine Webber yet pointed out no fresh employment. The Hartford Courant emphasised evidence in regards to the deceased. One was once his distinctive ancestry as a grandson of the Reverend Dr. Edwin Pond Parker, pastor of the South Congregational Church and good friend of Mark Twain. the opposite was once his first marriage to Dorothy Parker, the “well-known poet. ” at the day the divorce grew to become ultimate, Dorothy spent the night with John Garrett at Jack and Charlie’s speakeasy, the place later they have been joined by means of Heywood Broun and author Mildred Gilman, at the moment Broun’s secretary and assistant. Gilman remembers that Dorothy went to items. even if she hadn’t obvious Eddie Parker for years, and not stated a superb notice approximately him, this used to be a bad time for her. She carried on and stored operating off to the women room to cry, and the lads stored sending me after her simply because she had this tendency towards committing suicide, and he or she additionally had a behavior of giving all her cash to the ladies-room attendant. After this occurred 3 or 4 occasions, i used to be becoming bored stiff. eventually, John rose in all his Wall highway finery and introduced emphatically that he needed to visit the gentleman’s room, to which Dorothy muttered, “He rather has to take advantage of the phone yet he doesn’t are looking to admit it. ” That spring she attempted to mood her ingesting with highballs that have been simply youngsters, “awfully susceptible; simply cambric Scotch,” and said desiring extra canines. could marked the e-book of sundown Gun, her moment quantity of verse. Boni and Liveright did a hefty first printing of 10000 copies, in addition to a complicated numbered and autographed particular version of 250 copies that was once priced at $7. 50. Dorothy switched titles on the final second from the particularly joyful Songs for the closest Harmonica to the darker sundown Gun, a connection with the cannon that's characteristically fired on the finish of the day whilst the flag is decreased. studies have been, if whatever, much more enthusiastic than for adequate Rope. within the Saturday evaluation, invoice Benét repeated the query a few humans have been asking: “Is it nearly as good as sufficient Rope? ” Benét emphatically believed it used to be and went directly to name sundown Gun “a moth-gray cloak of demureness hiding spangled ribaldry, a razor-keen mind mocking a head darkish with desperation.

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