The Last Days of Dorothy Parker: The Extraordinary Lives of Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman and How Death Can Be Hell on Friendship (A Penguin Classics Special)

The Last Days of Dorothy Parker: The Extraordinary Lives of Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman and How Death Can Be Hell on Friendship (A Penguin Classics Special)

Marion Meade


Dorothy Parker biographer Marion Meade stocks perception into the final days within the lifetime of Dorothy Parker—the terrible and the hilarious—including her colourful friendship with Lillian Hellman, and the unusual afterlife of Parker’s is still from a dossier cupboard on Wall highway to a small burial website via the NAACP workplace in Baltimore.

The Volney used to be a dignified place of abode inn, preferred via older ladies and their canine, on Manhattan’s top East aspect. Dorothy Parker died there, of a middle assault, on June 7, 1967. She was once seventy-three and have been recognized for nearly part a century. As befitted a much-loved slapstick comedian, poet, and storywriter, the New York instances announced her go out in a front-page obituary. This used to be by means of a star-studded memorial carrier, additionally pronounced within the paper, which used to be attended through a few one hundred fifty of her pals and admirers. greater than two decades later, on October 20, 1988, Parker was once buried in Baltimore, in a memorial backyard on the nationwide headquarters of the NAACP. Why did it take greater than twenty years for Dorothy Parker to get an honest burial? What bills for her macabre Edgar Allan Poe–style finishing, arguably probably the most ghoulish in sleek literary heritage? And simply what occurred to her in the course of these twenty-one years?

Dorothy Parker biographer Marion Meade attracts from new study to painting Parker in her final years and final days, with an emphasis on her posthumous life. the tale additionally gains Parker’s enduring friendship of over thirty years with playwright and screenwriter Lillian Hellman, in addition to different remarkable figures in Parker’s circle, together with Dashiell Hammett and John O’Hara. continuously riotous and infrequently ghastly, The final Days is totally and fully Dorothy Parker.

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