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Alpine Giggle Week: How Dorothy Parker Set Out to Write the Great American Novel and Ended Up in a TB Colony Atop an Alpine Peak (A Penguin Classics Special) [Format Kindle]

Dorothy Parker , Marion Meade

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A little known, rediscovered letter:  an SOS from a woman trapped on a Swiss mountaintop in a TB colony with no idea how to escape—that woman being Dorothy Parker.

“Kids, I have started one thousand (1,000) letters to you, but they all through no will of mine got to sounding so gloomy and I was afraid of boring the combined tripe out of you, so I never sent them.” Thus starts a little-known and until now unpublished letter by Dorothy Parker from a Swiss mountaintop. Parker wrote the letter in September 1930 to Viking publishers Harold Guinzburg and George Oppenheimer—she went to France to write a novel for them and wound up in a TB colony in Switzerland. Parker refers to the letter as a “novelette,” yet there is nothing fictional about it. More accurately, the biting composition reads like a gossipy diary entry, typed out on Parker’s beautiful new German typewriter. She namedrops notable figures like Ernest Hemingway and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald while covering topics running from her various accidents and health problems to her opinions on dogs, literary critics and God. The writing is vintage Parker: uncensored, unedited, deliciously malicious, and certainly one of the most entertaining of her letters—or for that matter any letter—that you’ll ever read.

This edition features an introduction, notes, and annotations on notable figures by Parker biographer Marion Meade.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3916 KB
  • Editeur : Penguin Classics (27 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00GY9SL8O
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A terrific short story by a master of the for format 26 juillet 2014
Par Noble T - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Marion Meade authoritatively illuminates the life of Dorothy Parker in her intro,a great taste and jumping on point to anyone trying Miss Parker for the first time,I would wholeheartedly recommend this ebook to anyone interested in a master of the short story,this has me excited to read Marion Meade 's bio on the same,
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Personally, I found it priceless, but... 2 juillet 2014
Par E. VanBuren - Publié sur Amazon.com
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most people I know would consider it something just this side (if not entirely that side) of gibberish. It's not, of course. It's actually very moving (particularly if you're already in love with Dorothy Parker (as I have been (in no wise wisely) since I was 16 years old)). I left the last star off for two reasons: one is, as I have indicated, that this document probably should be labeled "For specialists only;" and the other is that the quick but very helpful Cast of Characters section at the end ought to include "Fred" as a Robert Benchley alias for whoever doesn't know (even if the introduction mentioned it somewhere without my having noticed (although I don't believe it did)).
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 One Reader's Dilemma 10 juin 2014
Par Mary George - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"...I need scarcely say that this letter is written in entire confidence.." is now available for the entire public to view.

Be wary, reader, for the ACLU and Penguin Books must have decided there is nothing to lose in distributing something that was mailed from Switzerland over eighty years ago, and intended only for the eyes of two other people. I'll hereby leave this ethical dilemma in your hands.

Bitchy, raunchy, cutting and certainly the result of hanging out with the dying in an unnerving condition, one both deprived of oxygen and indulged with alcohol, Mrs. Parker's letter redefines the parameters of `revealing.' How this will affect the reader's prior opinion of this exceptional writer cannot be guessed at. But for this reviewer, her personal life - her persona - is more understood, albeit under this voyeuristic delivery.

One thing to note: the biographer, Ms. Meade, gives a micro-summary of her life around the time it was written, well enough. But what editor missed her assertion that "Parker would forever cherish the Murphys, but damn near everyone else in Alpine Giggle Week is not so fortunate." Did anyone else at Penguin read the letter? Parker refers to her hosts as "Big lice the Murphys are...what miserly, overbearing, purse-proud, ungracious, self-centered poops the Murphys are. They're just the people that deserve terrible trouble." Pardon, Ms. Meade, but your slip is showing.

Regardless, her other works remain forever intact. Any Parker fan holds undeniable gems of writing near and dear to his or her heart. This fan in particular will file this last read utterly apart and independent of her unforgettable stories and brilliant prose.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 One Star 18 juin 2015
Par Pete - Publié sur Amazon.com
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There's no point to this book. I threw it away.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Two Stars 14 novembre 2014
Par marcia deshotels - Publié sur Amazon.com
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